The Texas Rangers have officially activated pitchers Jose Leclerc, Brock Burke and Joe Palumbo from the 45 day injured list. Burke missed all of the 2020 season due to shoulder surgery this spring, Leclerc missed most of 2020 due to a torn shoulder muscle suffered early on in the season, and Palumbo ended up on the 45 day injured list due to ulcerative colitis.
With these moves, the Rangers’ 40 man roster stands at 35. There are four pitchers who are Rule 5 eligible and who appear likely to be added to the 40 man roster this winter — Alex Speas, Jason Bahr, Yerry Rodriguez and Jake Latz.
That would leave only one open 40 man spot for potential offseason acquisitions, and while I do not believe the Rangers will be real active this offseason, I do think there will be players added on major league deals, which will mean the Rangers will have to clear out some spots. Danny Santana, who will heading into his last year of arbitration-eligibility and who is going to miss a chunk of 2021 due to elbow surgery, seems a likely non-tender candidate. Adolis Garcia and the newly claimed Art Warren are guys who could end up on the waiver wire. And Brock Burke is someone who could conceivably end up being non-tendered and re-signed to a minor league deal.