The Texas Rangers have claimed utility infielder Ed Lucas on waivers from the Miami Marlins, per John Blake on Twitter. This gives the Rangers 38 players on their 40 man roster, although there are a number of players on the 60 day d.l. who will have to be restored to the 40 man roster when the World Series is over.
Lucas is 32, and has appeared in 163 games for the Marlins over the past two seasons, playing all the infield positions, as well as a little bit of the outfield. He has a career .255/.302/.323 line in 573 plate appearances in the majors, all with Miami.
I assume the Rangers will try to run him through waivers and outright him later in the winter. Or he could be here because Adam Rosales's agent is being aggressive in contract negotiations, and they want to show Rosales that they are prepared to replace him. Who knows.
I was going to move on from here and just ignore Lucas, but someone pointed out this tweet:
I asked Santa for more power this year, but he brought me intangibles. Sigh. I get intangibles EVERY year.— Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) December 25, 2013
So that makes me want to pull for him.