The Texas Rangers have acquired Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash, according to John Blake on Twitter. Gamboa requires a 40 man roster spot, and in a corresponding move, the Rangers have placed both Prince Fielder and Jake Diekman on the 60 day disabled list. The Rangers’ 40 man roster now stands at 39, and will be at 40 once the Mike Napoli signing is official.
Gamboa, 32, appeared in 7 games for the Rays last year, giving up 3 runs in 13.1 IP, with 8 walks and 11 Ks. He was originally a 21st round draft pick in the 2008 draft by the Orioles, and was with the Orioles until January, 2016, when he signed with the Rays. Gamboa has worked mostly as a starter in the minors the past few seasons, and I guess he’s a potential AAA depth piece. Gamboa had been designated for assignment earlier today, when the Rays signed Nathan Eovaldi. My guess is he lands on the waiver wire again at some point this spring, with the Rangers looking to outright him.
The Fielder and Diekman 60 day d.l. moves have been expected. Fielder is effectively retired, and is just on the 40 man roster because he has to be in order for the Rangers to collect insurance on him. Diekman is not expected to pitch until around the All Star Break due to ulcerative colitis surgery.