The Texas Rangers have signed pitchers Ricardo Rodriguez, Chris Nunn and David Carpenter to minor league deals, the team announced today. All three will be in the minor league camp.
Rodriguez is the most noteworthy of the trio. The 26 year old righty missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, then rocketed through the system in 2017, ultimately reaching the majors. Rodriguez spent most of 2018 in the minors, though he had four appearances in July in the majors. Rodriguez didn’t pitch at all after early August, and the team announced he underwent shoulder surgery in December. The Rangers non-tendered Rodriguez in December.
Nunn, 28, was a viral sensation this offseason when video of him throwing 99 was put on Twitter. The lefthander pitched in the Astros system last season, as well as with St. Paul in the Indy League.
Carpenter, 33, is a righthanded relief pitcher who has an interesting transactional history. He was part of the 11 player trade between Houston and Toronto in 2012 that included J.A. Happ and Joe Musgrove, and then was sent to Boston in the deal that involved the Blue Jays allowing John Farrell to leave as manager to join the Red Sox, with Mike Aviles going to the Jays as compensation. He had a couple of solid seasons with the Atlanta Braves in 2014-15.
Carpenter was part of the Driveline program, and as we have discussed, the Rangers reportedly have a consulting arrangement with Driveline.