The Texas Rangers have claimed righthanded pitcher Brady Dragmire on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and have lost lefthanded pitcher David Rollins on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to John Blake on Twitter.
I had honestly forgotten the Rangers even had Rollins. Looking back, he was claimed on November 22, and I did a post about it, but that was right before Thanksgiving so I think I can be forgiven for having forgotten. Apparently, the Rangers had put him on waivers in an effort to outright him, but have instead lost him to the Phillies.
One might presume that they will try the same thing with Dragmire, who they claimed today from the Pirates. Dragmire was a 17th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, and has spent most of his career as a reliever. He spent 2016 at AA New Hampshire in the Eastern League, walking 28 batters and striking out just 41 in 72 IP, with a 4.38 ERA. The 23 year old had put up a 5.26 ERA in the Florida State League the previous season.
The Pirates got Dragmire from the Jays in October, 2016, for cash considerations, and Adam Berry says Dragmire throws in the mid-90s and has “a changeup and slider that help him induce ground balls,” for what that’s worth.