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Rangers sign Jonathan Meloan

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Per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Rangers have signed righthanded pitcher Jonathan Meloan to a minor league deal.

This is an interesting pickup...Meloan is just 27 years old, and at one time was a well-regarded prospect in the Dodgers' organization, throwing hard, striking out a lot of hitters, and walking a fair number of guys.

He was sent by the Dodgers to the Indians as part of the Casey Blake trade that resulted in Carlos Santana ending up in Cleveland, and then was moved the following year to Tampa. Meloan was then the subject of a game of waiver tag, as he was waived by Tampa, claimed by the Pirates, waived less than a month later by the Pirates, and claimed by the Oakland A's.

Meloan missed all of the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, then struggled in his return from surgery last season while pitching for Midland, the A's AA affiliate.

This is the type of guy you often see the Rangers take a flier on -- a hard thrower who is coming back from injury issues (see, e.g., Ryan Tucker, Ryan Wing, Mason Tobin). Its unlikely he'll contribute anything, but if he does end up coming all the way back from the 2010 T-J surgery, he could potentially have some value as a reliever.

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2005 20 LAD-min Rk 0 2 .000 3.69 16 6 5 0 0 1 39.0 30 16 16 4 18 54 0.9 4.2 12.5 3.00
2006 21 LAD-min A,A+,AA 3 1 .750 1.90 21 3 7 0 0 1 52.0 27 13 11 5 16 91 0.9 2.8 15.8 5.69
2007 22 LAD-min AA,AAA 7 2 .778 2.02 49 0 37 0 0 20 66.2 36 18 15 5 27 91 0.7 3.6 12.3 3.37
2007 22 LAD NL 0 0 11.05 5 0 3 0 0 0 7.1 8 9 9 1 8 7 1.2 9.8 8.6 0.88
2008 23 LAD-CLE-min AAA 5 11 .313 4.89 33 20 2 0 0 0 119.2 131 80 65 8 69 111 0.6 5.2 8.3 1.61
2008 23 CLE AL 0 0 0.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.0 4.5 9.0 2.00
2009 24 CLE-TBD-PIT-OAK-min AAA 0 0 4.37 44 2 11 0 0 0 68.0 68 33 33 9 30 61 1.2 4.0 8.1 2.03
2009 24 OAK AL 0 0 0.00 6 0 2 0 0 0 8.1 3 1 0 0 2 11 0.0 2.2 11.9 5.50
2011 26 OAK-min AA 1 3 .250 4.67 25 0 16 0 0 5 27.0 28 21 14 2 20 25 0.7 6.7 8.3 1.25
3 Yrs 0 0 4.58 13 0 6 0 0 0 17.2 11 10 9 1 11 20 0.5 5.6 10.2 1.82
162 Game Avg. 0 0 4.58 68 0 31 0 0 0 93 58 52 47 5 58 105 0.5 5.6 10.2 1.82
OAK (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 6 0 2 0 0 0 8.1 3 1 0 0 2 11 0.0 2.2 11.9 5.50
LAD (1 yr) 0 0 11.05 5 0 3 0 0 0 7.1 8 9 9 1 8 7 1.2 9.8 8.6 0.88
CLE (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.0 4.5 9.0 2.00
AL (2 yrs) 0 0 0.00 8 0 3 0 0 0 10.1 3 1 0 0 3 13 0.0 2.6 11.3 4.33
NL (1 yr) 0 0 11.05 5 0 3 0 0 0 7.1 8 9 9 1 8 7 1.2 9.8 8.6 0.88
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2012.