Texas Rangers lefthanded pitchers Joely Rodriguez and Dario Alvarez have each cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Round Rock, in a procedural move that I missed yesterday. Both players were designated for assignment when the Rangers needed room on the 40 man roster to add Will Middlebrooks, A.J. Jimenez and Jake Diekman.
Rodriguez, 26, was acquired by the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash from the Philadelphia Phillies in July. In a nice bit of symmetry, he allowed the same number of earned runs (19) in the same number of innings (27) in Round Rock after Texas acquired him as he did while pitching in the majors for the Phillies this year. Rodriguez never was called up by the Rangers, and while he was acquired as potential bullpen depth, he didn’t pitch well enough to get on the team’s radar, and seemed like a likely 40 man roster casualty at some point in the offseason.
Alvarez, 28, spent a fair amount of time on the major league roster for Texas this season. He was acquired from the Braves last year, along with Lucas Harrell, in exchange for minor league infielder Travis Demeritte. Alvarez had been claimed off waivers by Atlanta, and had shown flashes that suggested he could be a weapon out of the bullpen, but despite putting up a nice 2.76 ERA in 16.1 IP for Texas, his command was erratic and the 14 walks he gave up, against 17 Ks, led to the Rangers not feeling comfortable using him in critical situations. Its mildly surprising that he cleared waivers, given that he’s a lefty who has an impressive slider.
In case you are wondering, Demeritte put up a .231/.306/.402 slash line in AA for the Braves, with good reviews for his glove at second base.
Each player can be a free agent after the season if the Rangers do not add them back to the 40 man roster .