Lowe Gone, Teahen in

  • P Derek Lowe placed on unconditional release waivers
  • IF Mark Teahen signed to minor league contract [ Link ]

NOTES: I guess we soured on Derek Lowe in a hurry.  I thought he was doing decently early on, and while I won’t say he was great or anything, I didn’t think he was the “holy crap, we need to dump this guy NOW” kind of pitcher.  He’ll probably catch on somewhere.  Mark Teahen is a name I know from playing fantasy baseball the last few years.  I know I had him on a few teams some years ago.  Probably signed as infield insurance, I can’t imagine this is any attempt to bring him in full time or anything.


Several Roster Moves

  • C AJ Pierzynski activated from 15 day DL
  • C Robinson Chirinos optioned to AAA
  • P Neal Cotts purchased from AAA
  • P Josh Lindblom optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: As I wrote the other day, Lindblom was someone whose minor league numbers said he would come up and do decently.   Well, that didn’t happen as such.   He came up, got hit around, and sent back down.   The Lindblom gamble cost Derek Lowe his roster spot, as he was DFA’ed (and not just sent down (granted, 13 earned runs in 13 innings will do that).   Still, Lindblom looked better numbers wise in the minors this year than he did in the spring.   Chirinos was just keeping the seat warm for AJ anyway, so that’s no surprise.    I don’t think Cotts is here long term, either.  We have a doubleheader coming up Monday, and that always means some weird roster moves.  I don’t see Cotts being here past next Monday, if not sooner.


Lindblom up

  • P Josh Lindblom recalled from AAA
  • P Derek Lowe designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTE: The Rangers needed a starter, so Josh Lindblom was brought up from AAA to do that.   He didn’t do too well in the spring, but he’s had good numbers at AAA so far this year.  4-0, 2.08 ERA in 8 games (7 started) for the Express.  So it was a good choice there.  I am a bit surprised that it cost Derek Lowe his roster spot.  Especially because they had two open spots on the 40 man roster after this move, so they didn’t have to DFA Lowe.  I guess they just wanted to, and this was a timely decision.


Kinsler to DL

  • 2B Ian Kinsler placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 18
  • 2B Jurickson Profar recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, there’s not much to say about this other than I don’t like it.  Kinsler has been doing better overall this year than the last few.  Mostly (not completely) conquered his capt popup problem.   So I was’t thrilled at this.  From what I can gather, it won’t be a long stay, but you never want to take someone out of a groove.   Still, an appearance by Jurickson Profar will be good.  So long as he doesn’t just sit on the bench.



  • P Justin Miller sent on rehab assignment (May 17)
  • C AJ Pierzynski sent on rehab assignment (May 18)

NOTES: Well, AJ’s return will probably happen.  Don’t see Miller cracking the major league roster when he’s done with rehab.


Ogando to DL

  • P Alexi Ogando placed on 15 day DL
  • P Cory Burns recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Ogando has been hurt a bunch.   Not liking this.   Given he was delayed in starting his career due to the visa problems, he’s older than he should be based on major league service.  I wonder if this is age breakdown, something that isn’t likely to get better the more years we get into his career.  :(


Perez activated from DL

  • P Martin Perez activated from 15 day DL, and optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Uh, OK.   Rehab time was up, and there was no spot, so he was technically optioned to AA, but he was already there on rehab.  Gotta love moves like that.  :)


AJ to DL

  • C AJ Pierzynski placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 6
  • C Robinson Chirinos recalled from AA [ Link ]

NOTES: AJ was doing quite well this season so far.  Good behind the plate, hitting the ball well, then he couldn’t do either.  Got hurt somewhere along the line, which was annoying, as I was starting to like what he was doing for the team.  Hopefully it’s not a long stay.


Perez Rehab

  • P Martin Perez assigned to AA from Texas Rangers

This is mostly  procedural move, as he’s gone out for rehab assignments.   Felt so bad when he got hurt in the spring, as he was doing quite well.  Hopefully when he returns, he returns at the same level, and not as a “I have to find myself” kind of thing.


Misc Small Transactions

Here’s a few small transactions that happened over a couple of days:

  • P Zach Simons released (Apr 11 – could be Apr 1)
  • P Justin Miller recalled from AA and placed on 60 day DL
  • P Jeff Beliveau traded to Tampa Bay Rays
  • P Julio Borbon claimed off waivers from Rangers by Chicago Cubs

I really was hoping that Borbon could go somewhere and win.  I always felt he got a bit of a bad deal here.  Not *TOO* bad, mind you – as he had numerous chances to seize the job.   But in the end, he was passed by other guys on the roster.   Shame, as I always liked the guy.   Hope he does well in Chicago.


Matt Harrison to DL

  • P Matt Harrison placed on 15 day DL, retro to Apr 6
  • P Justin Grimm recalled from AAA
  • P Justin Miller recalled from AA and placed on 60 day DL [ Link ]

This isn’t a move I particularly like.  But Harrison has been pretty bad the first two starts of the season.   Odd, because I don’t recall him being hurt or bad during the spring.   So it popped up pretty quickly.   I’m also not sold on Justin Grimm as a replacement.  Bullpen on standby there.   Hopefully I’m wrong, but outside of Grimm’s original major league debut, I haven’t had a lot of trust in him to start games for us.

Justin Miller is a procedural move only, so I won’t count him in my list of players who have been called up this season.


Nick Tepesch Purchased, Borbon Gone

  • P Nick Tepesch purchased from AAA
  • OF Julio Borbon designated for assignment [ Link ]

Well, the Julio Borbon era ends in Texas.  I have to say I figured it would end differently.  I figure we’d work out a trade with someone.  We may yet, but a DFA was a bit of a surprise.   He had a great spring, and I hope he ends up somewhere and does well.  Always liked the guy, feel bad, but he got buried behind a lot of other guys.   We always talk about how David Murphy has never gotten playing time.  Borbon did get playing time – twice, and didn’t capture it.  Still, you feel like he could now.   It just won’t be here.  See ya later Julio.


Robinson Chirinos acquired

  • C Robinson Chirinos acquired for PTBNL or $ from Tampa Bay
  • P Jeff Beliveau designated for assignment [ Link ]

I honestly don’t know much about either of these guys.  Probably just a move to have some more depth at catcher in the minor leagues.


25 Man Roster Set

Here’s the big gaggle of transactions to set up for Opening Day (today):

  • P Colby Lewis placed on 15 day DL, retro to March 22
  • P Joakim Soria placed on 15 day DL, retro to March 22
  • P Martin Perez placed on 15 day DL, retro to March 22
  • P Cory Burns, P Josh Lindblom, & IF Jurickson Profar optioned to AAA
  • IF Jeff Baker & P Derek Lowe purchased from AAA
  • IF Brandon Allen given unconditional release from AAA

A lot has been written about the makeup of this roster, and it will be weird not having Michael Young here.  I’ll still get to see him in Philly, but it WILL be weird not seeing him here.   A few short remarks about guys on the 25 man roster: [Read more...]


A Trade Mulligan

  • P Jake Brigham acquired from Cubs for P Barret Loux & PTBNL
  • P Johan Yan signed to minor league contract for 2013 & given invite to spring training 
  • IF Leury Garcia purchased from AA
  • P Joe Ortiz purchased from AA [ Link
Commentary:  Yawn.  Thank you, drive through.

A Few Roster Moves

  • P Scott Feldman had his 2013 option declined, making him a free agent
  • P Yoshinori Tateyama had his 2013 option declined, making him a free agent
  • P Neftali Feliz reinstated from 60 day DL
  • P Justin Miller purchased from AA [ Link ]

Remarks: Well, Feliz & Miller were procedural.   Miller lost all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery, so those were just to get those guys back on the 40 man roster.    The others are moves that were expected.   Declining the options of Feldman & Tateyama are both ones that I think every Rangers fan saw coming.  Tateyama wasn’t exactly bad, but he never did much here, and we can probably find something better.

Feldman, however, was pretty darned awful in 2012, except for a stretch for a few weeks in the middle where he looked like the good Feldman again.  But overall, pretty bad.  Dug his own hole with that crappy performance.  In the article on the Rangers site, Scott was quoted as saying “I just want to go someplace where I can start regularly”.   Well, to be honest, Scott – that could have been here.  Had you not pitched so awful, you would have pitched regularly here.  In fact, he was given a regular starter’s role this year after he had that couple of week good stretch.  Then he blew it by pitching awful again.  So I don’t have a lot of tears for that stance of his.

This is the start of a few moves this week – I expect to see more in the next few days, when the decisions on qualifying offers come down.



Colby Lewis signed for 2013

  • P Colby Lewis signed to a 1 year contract for 2013 [ Link ]

NOTES:  Colby Lewis was signed to a one year contract for 2013 today.   This is both good and bad.  He was going to be a free agent after this season, so it’s good we held onto someone.  He said “Texas is where I want to be” in his press conference, so that was nice.   The bad side is he’s hurt, and unfortunately isn’t due back until the middle of 2013, so we have no idea what kind of pitcher we’ll get then.

But still, keeping him is a better option than letting him go, that’s for sure.


Font & Grimm called up

  • P Wilmer Font recalled from AA
  • P Justin Grimm recalled from AA [ Link ]

NOTES: Wilmer Font & Justin Grimm were called from from AA Frisco.   Both have short appearances earlier in the season, with Grimm making a splash in his first start.  This is an insurance move, I can’t see either making a huge impact.


Nap & Ross back

  • C Mike Napoli activated from DL
  • P Robbie Ross activated from DL [ Link ]

NOTES: Mike Napolo & Robbie Ross return from the disabled list.  Ross wasn’t there long, he was there just about two weeks.  Napoli, however has been on it for a few months now.  Let’s see if he can contribute anything in September, as he’s been pretty flat most of 2012.


September Callup News

  • P Tyler Tufts purchased from AA and immediately placed on 15 day DL (OUCH, actually happened Aug 31)
  • P Robbie Ross placed on 15 day DL
  • OF Leonys Martin recalled from AAA
  • P Martin Perez recalled from AAA
  • IF Jurickson Profar purchased from AA
  • P Tanner Scheppers recalled from AAA
  • IF Brandon Snyder recalled from AAA
  • P Yoshinori Tateyama recalled from AAA
  • P Miguel De Los Santos designated for assignment

NOTES: Several of these are no big surprise.  The move for Tyler Tufts sounds painful for sure.   The biggest deal here is of course Jurickson Profar.  I know Jamey Newberg is positively salivating over this one.  :)


Young Back

  • IF Michael Young reinstated from Paternity List
  • IF Luis Hernandez designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Michael Young is back from the paternity list after his wife had a kid.  That’s about it.  It cost Luis Hernandez his roster spot, though.   Hernandez was outrighted to AAA on the 29th when he cleared waivers.


Uehara Back

  • P Koji Uehara activated from DL
  • P Tanner Scheppers optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Koji Uehara, the guy who we tried to dump in the offseason and refused is back.  Hopefully he can pitch.   A “yawn” move.


Young to Paternity List

  • IF/DH Michael Young placed on paternity list
  • IF Luis Hernandez called up from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Michael Young’s wife had their third child the other night, so Young was placed on the MLB paternity list.  The Rangers called up Luis Hernandez to handle the roster spot vacated by Young’s departure to look after his family.   I’m a little unclear on technicalities on this.  Does this callup count as an “option” for Hernandez, or since it’s just paternity list for no more than 4 days or so, does it NOT count?  Anyone know?


Dempster Back

Remember that transaction three days ago with Ryan Dempster & Leonys Martin?  Reverse it.   That’s pretty much it.  :)


Dempster on Restricted List

  • P Ryan Dempster placed on 15 day DL
  • OF Leonys Martin recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Apparently, Ryan Dempster has some sort of odd visa issue relative to Canada, and he’s not permitted to enter the country.   Don’t know why, but there it is.   Due to that, the Rangers put him on a “restricted list”, and called up Leonys Martin to take his 25 man roster spot.  Roy Oswalt will take his start in Toronto on Saturday, and probably frown on the bench again.   This will go away after the Sunday game when the team returns to the US.   Odd transaction, I admit.