Texas Rangers pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Hunter Wood and outfielder Jason Martin cleared outright waivers on Saturday, the team announced. All three players are now free agents.
These moves were expected — as we discussed in the State of the 40 Man Roster post last week, the Rangers ended the year with 48 players on the 40 man roster or 60 day injured list, and that number went up to 49 when the team claimed Edwar Colina on waivers. Foltynewicz, Wood and Martin were all players identified as likely 40 man roster casualties previously.
The team has to activated everyone from the 60 day i.l. after the World Series, and even with the players whose contracts are up and who are eligible for major league free agency, there were going to have to be some players dropped to get down to 40. This gets the Rangers to 46 players on the 40 man and 60 day i.l. Additional moves will be necessary before the end of the month.