The Rangers have designated pitcher Matt West for assignment, opening up a spot on the 40 man roster for Adam Rosales, who was signed today.
West, a second round pick in the 2007 draft, was originally drafted as a shortstop, moved to third base as a professional, and then was converted to pitching prior to the 2011 season. West had an electric fastball and a nasty slider that had him seen as a fast-track candidate for the major league bullpen, but he ended up missing most of 2012 and 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
West wasn't the same in 2014, and after not getting called up in September, he appeared to be on the bubble as far as his 40 man roster spot went. The Rangers now have 10 days to waive, trade or release West. If he clears waivers, the Rangers would be able to outright him to AAA.
The Rangers have also signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo to a minor league deal. Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, had a 3.69 ERA in 31.2 IP for the Rays in 2014, albeit with a 4.52 FIP.