The annual October ritual of clearing out the 40 man roster has begun for the Texas Rangers, who announced today that righthanded pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla has been claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bonilla, who was acquired by the Rangers from the Philadelphia Phillies in December, 2012, along with Josh Lindblom in exchange for Michael Young, had a 3.05 ERA in 20.2 IP over 5 games (including 3 starts) in 2014. However, Bonilla underwent Tommy John surgery in April of this year, and missed the entire 2015 season.
The Rangers also announced that catcher Carlos Corporan, first baseman Kyle Blanks, outfielder Antoan Richardson, and outfielder Ryan Strausborger have cleared waivers and been outrighted. Corporan is the only player out of this group that is at all surprising, as I thought he was someone the Rangers might look at negotiating a one year deal with him in advance of arbitration to have him back as a backup catcher in 2016.
Corporan, Blanks and Richardson all have the right to reject an outright assignment and become a free agent, and presumably will elect free agency. Strausborger will stay in the Rangers system.