The Texas Rangers have claimed relief pitcher R.J. Alvarez on waivers from the Chicago Cubs, according to John Blake on Twitter. To make room for Alvarez on the 40 man roster, the Rangers have placed Lucas Harrell on the 60 day disabled list.
Alvarez, 25, is a righthander who was sent, along with Jesse Hahn, to the A’s by the San Diego Padres as part of the deal that brought Derek Norris to San Diego. The A’s waived Alvarez in June, and he was claimed by the Cubs at that time. The Cubs waived him earlier this month, and thus he’s now a Ranger.
Alvarez has a 7.39 ERA in the majors over 20 innings between 2014 and 2015. He’s thrown 27 innings this season in the minors, mostly AA, with a 7.00 ERA. He had a strong season in the Texas League in 2014, and was projected as a power relief arm, but the wheels have come off of late. My guess is the Rangers will take a look at him in Instructionals and see if they can salvage him, although he could well end up being waived again tomorrow when Colby Lewis is activated.
Harrell, meanwhile, gets shuffled off to the 60 day d.l. to create a roster space, ending his season most likely. He is arbitration-eligible after the season, though I think it is likely he ends up being a roster casualty in the offseason.