The Texas Rangers have traded Mike Minor to the Oakland A’s for two players to be named later and international slot bonus money, it was announced today. The Rangers are picking up half of the roughly $1.6 million still due to Minor, per Jeff Wilson, and are getting $133,000 in slot bonus money.
Mike Minor is officially a former Ranger. I’m bummed out. He was a terrific signing and gave the Rangers two really good years.
Minor’s departure opens up a spot on the 25 man and 40 man rosters. My guess is that Jerad Eickhoff, signed to a minor league deal yesterday, gets added to the roster and takes Minor’s spot in the rotation for the time being, with Kyle Cody being used either in a piggy-back role with Kolby Allard, or as a multi-inning reliever. If Lance Lynn, who reportedly is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, is also deal, Cody would, I suspect, enter the rotation.
As we discussed earlier this afternoon, the two players to be named later are reportedly 2019 draftees Marcus Smith and Dustin Harris. Since they are not in the A’s 60 man pool, the pair cannot be officially traded to Texas, and thus must be in “PTBNL” limbo until the season ends.