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37 days until pitchers and catchers report

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37 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Texas Rangers.

I'm not sure how many pitchers will be in the major league camp, either because they are on the 40 man roster or because they are a non-roster invitee...it may be as many as 37.  There will be several spots in the bullpen up in the air.  But one of the pitchers who likely has an inside track for one of the bullpen spots is #37, Shawn Tolleson.

For a guy who was a waiver claim last offseason, and who made the major league minimum 2014, Tolleson provided a whole lot of value for Texas last year.  Throwing 71.2 innings in 64 games, Tolleson put up a sparkling 2.76 ERA for the Rangers, and was able to soak up innings for a beleaguered pitching staff.

Tolleson's ERA was due in part to a .245 BABIP and 87.3% strand rate -- his FIP was 4.23 -- but he still projects to be a serviceable, versatile arm in the Ranger pen in 2015, someone who can pitch in middle relief, provide two or three innings if a starter gets knocked out early, and he has options, which gives the team some roster flexibility, as well.