No Texas Rangers transactions today. However, it is interesting to me that the Minnesota Twins announced today the signing of three players who spent time with the Texas Rangers in 2020. So I figured, why not do a post about it.
Rob Refsnyder, Derek Law and Luke Farrell were among eight players who were announced today as having signed minor league deals with the Minnesota Twins.
Refsnyder spent 2020 with the Texas Rangers, putting up a .200/.265/.233 slash line in 34 plate appearances over 15 games in the corner outfield spots, first base and DH. Refsnyder was designated for assignment on August 24 when the Rangers brought Leody Taveras (and Robinson Chirinos) up.
Farrell spent most of 2019 on the injured list with the Rangers after suffering a fractured jaw in spring training of that year, but did enough in 9 appearances late in the season to stick on the 40 man roster all offseason. Farrell ended up moving up and down in 2020 for Texas and traveling as a taxi squad guy a fair amount, but only had 4 appearances, and became a free agent after the season.
Law was signed as a minor league free agent with the Rangers in January, 2020, and was at the Alternate Training Site this summer, but never appeared in a game. Looking at B-R it appears he and Refsnyder both signed with the Twins in November, but the announcement only happened today.
On a separate note, involving a different former Ranger, Alex Claudio has signed a one year major league deal with the Anaheim Angels for $1.25 million. Claudio was traded in December, 2018, to the Milwaukee Brewers for a competitive balance pick that was used to select Davis Wendzel in 2019. Claudio was non-tendered after 2019 by the Brewers then re-signed shortly thereafter, then was non-tendered again this year.
Claudio was outstanding for Texas in 2016 and 2017, but was just okay in 2018, and has put up a 4.11 ERA and 4.73 FIP in 103 appearances. He will be a free agent by virtue of having 6 years of service time (assuming he isn’t released before then) after 2021.