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Texas Rangers claim Rollins, designate Jenkins for assignment

Pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, acquired by the Rangers in the Luke Jackson trade, has been DFA’d to clear a roster spot for David Rollins

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The Texas Rangers have claimed lefthanded pitcher David Rollins on waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. To make room on the 40 man roster for Rollins, the Rangers have designated pitcher Tyrell Jenkins for assignment.

The decision to DFA Jenkins is striking, since he was just obtained from the Atlanta Braves in a deal for Luke Jackson, and was supposed to represent starting pitching depth for Texas. The Rangers are obviously trying to outright him off their roster, but if he gets claimed, the Rangers will have nothing to show for dealing Jackson except a 26 year old lefty reliever who has missed basically two years due to surgery.

Rollins, meanwhile, was claimed on waivers by the Cubs from Seattle in November, and then by the Rangers in November, and then by the Phillies in December. I suspect that Rollins will be DFA’d again in a few days when the Rangers claim Brady Dragmire, a pitcher that they had claimed on waivers earlier this offseason, and then waived earlier this offseason, who they lost on a waiver claim to the Pirates — Dragmire was, after all, designated for assignment this week.

The 40 man is still at 40.