Jordan Romano, the Rule 5 pick from the Toronto Blue Jays who the Texas Rangers acquired early in the offseason, has cleared waivers and been returned to the Jays, it has been announced. As a Rule 5 pick, Romano had to stay on the major league roster all season, or clear waivers and be offered back to Toronto.
Romano, a righthanded reliever, had been vying for a spot in the bullpen, but while the Rangers organization had praise for him, they ultimately decided he wasn’t far enough along to keep in the majors all year.
The Rangers reportedly have four players — Kyle Bird, Zach McAllister, Connor Sadzeck and Adrian Sampson — vying for two remaining bullpen spots. However, it is possible none of the four end up on the Opening Day roster. McAllister is on a non-guaranteed major league deal, and Evan Grant has suggested he may already be out of the mix, so Texas could release him and be out from under his $1 million salary. Sadzeck is out of options, and hasn’t had a great spring, so Texas could put him on waivers, betting that he will clear and be able to be outrighted. Bird has options remaining, so he can be sent down, and Sampson is on a minor league deal with no opt out.
With teams trimming their rosters, it wouldn’t be shocking for the Rangers to claim or make a deal for a pitcher or two to stick in the bullpen and take a look at at the start of the year.