The Texas Rangers claimed lefthanded pitcher David Rollins on waivers two days ago, the second time this offseason they had claimed Rollins. And now, they’ve apparently lost Rollins on waivers for the second time this offseason, with Ken Rosenthal tweeting that Rollins was claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs.
This would be the fifth time that Rollins has been waived, and claimed, this offseason, and the Cubs will likely waive him again in the next few days. It hadn’t been officially announced that the Rangers had waived Rollins, but I think we all assumed that was what Texas was going to do.
The point of all this, of course, is to try to get the player through waivers so he can be outrighted to the minor leagues. This allows the team that outrights him to keep the player in their organization, without that player occupying a 40 man roster spot.
In any case, Brady Dragmire, who was claimed and waived by the Rangers earlier this year, was waived by the Pirates this week. So while Rollins’ departure means the 40 man roster is currently at 39, don’t be surprised if Dragmire ends up getting claimed by the Rangers sometime soon. And then, of course, waived again.
UPDATE — Per John Blake, the Rangers did, in fact, claim Dragmire on waivers today, which puts the 40 man roster back at 40.
In addition, the Rangers announced they lost pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to the Reds on a waiver claim.