Texas Rangers transactions: Ariel Jurado, Kyle Cody, Tyler Phillips and Anderson Tejeda were all optioned to the minor leagues, the team announced today. Jurado was optioned to AAA Nashville, and the other three were optioned to AA Frisco.
Of these four moves, the only one that it mildly surprising is Kyle Cody being optioned, and that is because I thought that, having missed most of 2018 and all of 2019 after Tommy John surgery, he might start the season on the 60 day injured list. He will instead, apparently, be starting the year in the Frisco rotation, though one can assume he will be on a pretty strict innings limit.
Eight other players who were in the major league camp have been re-assigned to the minor league camp. Kyle Bird, Ian Gibaut and Wei-Chieh Huang, each of whom were dropped from the 40 man roster and then signed to minor league deals, were sent out, along with Tim Dillard, Taylor Guerrieri, Sam Huff, Jason Bahr, and Arturo Reyes.
No one in that group seemed likely to be a candidate for the Opening Day roster — Huff and Bahr are well-regarded prospects who will likely be in Frisco to start the season, and the other six are depth guys who were expected to start the year in the minors.