The Angels had been trying to foist Nathan Haynes on the Rangers as part of a Mark Teixeira trade, with Anaheim thinking last summer that Haynes was good enough to be the second or third player in a Teixeira deal.
And now today, he's a D-Ray, having been claimed by Tampa off of waivers.
This impacts the Rangers, to an extent, because Tampa was supposedly one of the teams interested in Nelson Cruz. The fact that they now have Haynes could mean that there is less of a market for trading Cruz, or that it is more likely that Cruz will clear waivers.
It also helps highlight how crappy the Angels' offers for Teixeira were last summer.