Texas Rangers rumors: Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez have reported been traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Texas Rangers, according to Mark Bowman on Twitter.
Harrell, 31, is a righthanded starting pitcher who gets ground balls, doesn’t strike out many guys, and walks a fair amount. He has a 3.38 ERA in 5 starts this season for Atlanta, with a 3.68 FIP, and 21 Ks against 12 walks in 29.1 IP. Harrell spent the 2015 season in the KBO. He’s a veteran, doesn’t project to be that good, but gives the Rangers a warm body who one would hope would be better than what they’ve been getting from the fifth spot, and who can be shuffled to a long relief role if/when Colby Lewis and/or Derek Holland return.
Alvarez, 27, is a lefty reliever who was claimed on waivers from the Mets by the Braves in May. After allowing 7 runs in 5 major league innings with the Mets in 2014-15, Alvarez has been solid for the Braves this year, with 28 Ks in 15 IP, against just 5 walks (2 intentional), but 3 home runs, good for a 3.00 ERA.
Travis Demeritte is reportedly going back to the Braves in this deal. Demeritte is a supplemental first round pick from 2013 who had a lost 2015 campaign, but who has bounced back with a solid 2016 season that has him leading the Cal League in home runs. The second baseman does have a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, and isn’t a top-notch prospect, but is a reasonable piece to give up for a package like this, assuming this deal does go through.
UPDATE — John Blake has tweeted that the Rangers have acquired Harrell and Alvarez for Demeritte, so the deal is official. Blake says both players will join the Rangers. The 40 man roster had been at 39 after Kyle Lohse was DFA’d, so in order to clear an additional roster spot on the 40 man roster, Matt Duffy, claimed last week, has been designated for assignment.
Presumably, Nick Martinez and Alex Claudio will be sent down to make room for Harrell and Alvarez on the active roster once they report.