The Texas Rangers have claimed lefthanded reliever Scott Barnes on waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
Barnes, 27, was an 8th round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2008 draft. The Giants traded him to the Cleveland Indians in 2009 for Ryan Garko. Cleveland sent him to Baltimore in November for cash considerations. Baltimore waived Barnes last week.
Barnes' minor league statistical profile is that he walks a lot of guys and strikeouts out a lot of guys. He has 199.1 IP in AAA over the past four years, mostly in relief, and has a 4.33 ERA in AAA over that span. In 27.2 major league innings, he has a 5.20 ERA and a 4.71 FIP. Barnes is out of options, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rangers try to run him through waivers later in the offseason, in an effort to outright him.
If Barnes does stick around and make it to camp, he would presumably be in the mix for one of the lefty reliever jobs.
The Rangers' 40 man roster is now at 38 players, with the addition of Barnes.
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