In a desperate attempt to patch up their roughed up roster, the Texas Rangers have completed a few small deals. With Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Geovany Soto, Jurickson Profar and now Yu Darvish all injured, the Rangers had some gaping voids in their roster.
First, they signed another back-end starter, Scott Baker who was just released by the Seattle Mariners. After releasing Tommy Hanson, Baker will join a group of Robbie Ross, Joe Saunders, Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis in competing for a temporary spot in their wounded rotation.
They then they claimed infielder Donnie Murphy from the Chicago Cubs off waivers. Last season, in primarily a bench role, he hit 11 home runs and batted in 23 runners in only 163 ABs. It has also been rumoured the Rangers are looking into a number of trade options, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has been the most strongly linked the Rangers.
Again via waivers, they claimed Seth Rosin waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season, with the Philadelphia Phillies minor league AA class Reading, he compiled a solid year. He had a 4.33 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 126 innings. Having previously pitched for the San Francisco Giants minor league affiliates, the 25 year old right hander will aim to win a place in the Rangers, his third franchise, rotation or bullpen.
These moves come after Profar was ruled out for several months with a slight muscle tear in his right shoulder, and Yu Darvish was scratched from his opening start. Surprisingly, Tanner Scheppers will take the place of Darvish on opening day ahead of the favourite, sophomore Martin Perez. With minimal infield depth, the second base spot is up for grabs, and could be claimed by Donnie Murphy.