The Texas Rangers have claimed righthanded relief pitcher Jhan Marinez on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marinez, who is out of options, will be added to the active roster tomorrow. The Rangers will make a move then to clear a 25 roster spot for him.
Marinez, 28, was originally signed in 2006 by the Miami Marlins. He first appeared in the majors in 2010, and was traded by the Marlins after the 2011 season to the Chicago White Sox as part of the deal that sent ChiSox manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins to be their manager.
Marinez had another brief major league stint in 2012, but only had five innings in the majors total until 2016, when he split the season between Tampa and the Brewers. Marinez started the 2017 season with the Brewers, but was claimed by the Pirates on waivers earlier in the summer.
Marinez has a career 3.50 ERA and 4.28 FIP in a little over 100 major league innings, so there's some track record of decent performance here, and he will presumably be on the active roster through the end of the year with a chance to audition for a 2018 bullpen role.
No word yet in how a roster spot will be cleared for Marinez, but with the Rangers carrying five bench players, my guess is either Ryan Rua or Tyler Smith goes down.