Curtis Terry, Anderson Tejeda, Ronald Guzman and Matt Bush all cleared waivers and were outrighted today, the Texas Rangers announced. All four players will now be free agents. With these moves, the activation from the 60 day injured list of all the players there, and the loss of Joe Palumbo and Jharel Cotton on waivers, the Rangers 40 man roster now stands at 36.
Guzman and Bush were expected to be waived upon the conclusion of the season. Both missed most of 2021 due to injury, are out of options, and are arbitration eligible. I would be surprised if the Rangers don’t re-sign Bush to a minor league deal. Guzman, most likely, will go elsewhere.
The decisions to waive Terry and Tejeda are not really surprising, though I thought they may have hung onto roster spots a little farther into the offseason. Terry made strides early in 2021 and had a great first couple of months with Round Rock, earning a promotion to the majors. Terry was completely overmatched in the big leagues, however, putting up a 279 OPS in 48 plate appearances before being sent back down. The 1B/DH, who just turned 25, will now be looking at options for where to play in 2022.
Tejeda, 23, had what can only be described as a lost year. The shortstop was called up in April due to a Brock Holt injury and went 1 for 16 before being sent back down. He put up just a 509 OPS in AAA before being demoted to AA Frisco, where he had a 667 OPS. Tejeda is a quality defensive infielder and has legitimate power, but his contact issues caught up with him at the upper levels.