The Texas Rangers announced today at Jimmy Herget, who was designated for assignment when the Rangers acquired a Josh Sborz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to the minors.
If you are keeping track, Herget, a righthanded reliever who was claimed on waivers by the Rangers last year, was non-tendered in early December, then re-signed to a major league deal, which would seem to defeat the purpose in non-tendering him (since you generally do that so you can re-sign a player to a minor league deal), then was DFA’d a few days ago. Herget didn’t seem that impressive during his time in the majors in 2020, but got positive reviews nonetheless. He will presumably now be minor league depth and a possible major league bullpen option.
Given that Demarcus Evans will not be ready to start the season, he would seem to be a possible 60 day injured list candidate when the Rangers need another roster spot. In addition, Brock Burke, who missed all of 2020 due to labrum surgery, could also go on the 60 day injured list.
The Rangers also announced that 2020 first round draft pick Justin Foscue has gotten an invite to the major league training camp. With the major league camp and minor league camp happening at different times due to the a COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a larger than usual number of NRIs, as teams won’t have the luxury of bringing over a few extra bodies from the minor league side as needed. Foscue reportedly has been recuperating from a turf toe injury.