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Rangers acquire Sborz, DFA Herget

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The Rangers have acquired righthanded pitcher Josh Sborz from the Dodgers

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The Texas Rangers have made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers today, getting righthanded pitcher Josh Sborz in exchange for minor league pitcher Jhan Zambrano. To make room for Sborz on the roster, the Rangers have designated Jimmy Herget for assignment.

Sborz, 27, was a 2nd round pick of the Dodgers in 2015 out of the University of Virginia, being taken one pick after the Minnesota Twins took Kyle Cody, interestingly enough. He was a starter until 2018, when he moved to the bullpen, and he’s listed at #39 in the Fangraphs rankings of the Dodgers’ system, saying he’s an “up-and-down middle relief prospect” who throws a mid-90s fastball along with a slider. He has an option remaining, and was designated for assignment when the Dodgers needed to clear a roster spot for Trevor Bauer. He will be one of the guys vying for a bullpen spot, but unlike the other righty reliever the Rangers acquired from the Dodgers this offseason, Brett de Geus, he can be sent down without going through waivers.

Jimmy Herget was also expected to be one of the guys vying for a bullpen job, but instead he may be departing the organization. Herget was claimed on waivers from the Cincinnati Reds after the 2019 season and got positive reviews in 2020 while with Texas, putting up a 3.20 ERA over 20 relief outings. The Rangers non-tendered him in December but then re-signed him to a major league deal, suggesting that at least one other team felt he was worth a 40 man roster spot, which would make it less likely Herget will clear waivers and be able to be outrighted.

Zambrano, 19, is a righthanded pitcher who was a starter for the Rangers’ DSL teams in 2019. That’s the extent of my knowledge about him.