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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…]

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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.
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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  :)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Dempster Back

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

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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.

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Rangers sign Koyie Hill

  • C Koyie Hill signed to a minor league contract, assigned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: I suspect this was done solely to fortify the minor league catching situation.  We’ve burnt through rather a lot of catchers lately, needed someone down there.

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Napoli to DL

  • C Mike Napoli placed on 15 day DL
  • C Luis Martinez recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Napoli has been pretty flat all season, and it could be just due to him being hurt.   I suspect he might be done for the season, as going down the stretch, we don’t need a guy who isn’t hitting a whole lot.    Our catching situation has changed a lot, as Soto is now “the guy”, and Luis Martinez (who) is now the backup.  I guess that next year we resign Napoli, and keep Soto as the backup.   We’ll see.

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Mark Lowe activated

  • P Mark Lowe activated from DL
  • IF Alberto Gonzalez designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, someone had to leave the 25 man roster when Mark Lowe was returned.  However, we sacrificed a bench guy to do it.  I know we can use the pitching help right now, so that’s likely why the switch.  Alberto Gonzalez has been on the 25 man roster since opening day, so it’s probably disappointing for him to be DFA’ed at this point.   Gonzalez never lit me on fire excitement wise.  You always need guys like that, but the 2012 edition of the bench hasn’t been nearly as exciting (to me) as the editions from the last couple of seasons before this one.   Hopefully Mark Lowe comes back and gets the job done, as we need the help, that’s for sure.

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Mike Olt purchased

  • 1B/3B Mike Olt (#9) purchased from AA
  • IF/OF Brandon Snyder optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: So, Mike Olt, the guy who so much talk was centered around (if not realistically) during the trade deadline is brought up to make his major league debut with the big club.  Olt will be wearing #9, and he displaces Brandon Snyder, who hasn’t done a lot – a common theme for our bench this year.

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Dempster activated

  • P Ryan Dempster (#46) added to active 25 man roster
  • P Martin Perez optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Dempster was added to the roster today on the day he makes his start.  He took Robbie Ross’ #46, and Ross moved to 28.

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Ryan Dempster acquired

  • P Ryan Dempster acquired via trade from Cubs for Christian Villanueva & Kyle Hendricks [ Link

NOTES: This is probably a direct response to the loss of Colby Lewis for the year.  Dempster is probably a rental player, so I don’t see him being a piece in 2013, but it’ll be fun while he’s here, provided he’s not awful.   At a minimum I expect..  No I DEMAND a video with dueling Harry Carey impressions with Derek Holland.

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Geovany Soto acquired via trade

  • C Geovany Soto (#8) acquired from Cubs via trade for P Jake Brigham & PTBNL or $ 
  • C Yorvit Torrealba designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Soto isn’t a massive upgrade over Torrealba.  He’s younger, firstly.  Neither of them hits with any real power – or batting average for that matter, so there’s no upgrade there.  Soto is reported to be a better “catcher”.  Not that Torrealba has awful, he wasn’t, but Soto’s probably a little better.  When Soto first came up, he did nice for me on some fantasy baseball teams at the time, but his batting average is pretty rank lately.  Hopefully the switch helps him.   This is likely to me a move to help with catching in 2013, as both Napoli & Torrealba are slated to be free agents after this season.

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Moreland back from DL

  • 1B Mitch Moreland activated from 15 day DL
  • OF Leonys Martin optioned to AAA Round Rock [ Link ]

NOTES: Martin has been “ok”, but not spectacular.   Hasn’t gotten a TON of playing time, either, so he’s probably the logical choice to go back down now that Moreland is back.

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Colby Lewis BACK to DL

  • P Colby Lewis placed on 15 Day DL, retro to last Thursday
  • P Martin Perez (#33) recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Remember that transaction a few days ago?  Forget it.  Colby’s back to DL, and this time, he’s not coming back.  He’s out for the year.  Bummer.