The Texas Rangers have optioned first baseman Ronald Guzman and righthanded pitcher Tyler Wagner to AAA Round Rock, per John Blake on Twitter. In addition, the Rangers have assigned pitchers Brady Dragmire and Wesley Wright, catchers Pat Cantwell and Jose Trevino, infielder Will Middlebrooks, outfielder Travis Snider, and player with undetermined position Josh Hamilton.
Guzman and Wagner being optioned is no surprise, as neither was seen as being a legitimate candidate for the Opening Day roster. Cantwell and Trevino were extra camp receivers, Dragmire was, like Wagner, not a realistic candidate to make the team, and Middlebrooks didn’t appear to have a path to the roster, either. Josh Hamilton, of course, is dealing with knee issues and his career is in limbo.
So the two players of note here are Wright and Snider. Wright is a lefthanded reliever who has a fair amount of major league experience, and was in camp vying for a potential bullpen role. With Andrew Faulkner being optioned early on, Wright was seen as having a potential claim to a bullpen spot, but it appears that won’t be the case. This leaves Alex Claudio and Dario Alvarez as the only lefty relievers in the major league camp.
Snider, meanwhile, was seen as a potential lefty depth option in the outfield, but with Delino DeShields and Ryan Rua both having strong camps, and there being no injuries to meaningful position players that would create an opening for Snider, he’s no longer in the mix. Of note is that James Loney is still in camp, so it would seem to appear that he’s still at least in consideration for a bench spot as a lefty bat/backup first baseman.
Blake says that there are 42 active players in the major league camp right now.