Rangers Roster Moves
The Rangers have signed OF James Jones to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Jones was acquired from Seattle earlier this offseason as part of the trade that sent OF Leonys Martin to the West Coast.
The team has also signed right-handed reliever Tony Barnette to a two year deal. Barnette is a former 10th round pick out of the Arizona Diamonbacks organization. He has spent the last six years in Japan. He was recently with the Yakult Swallows where he had 41 saves in 62.2 innings posting a 1.29 ERA. We will have a full write up on Barnette coming your way a little later.
In a career 554.2 minor league innings, Barnette boats a 4.36 ERA with a rather paltry 7.1K/9. It will be interesting to see if he can miss enough bats to survive in the bullpen.
Evan Grant says that the signing of Barnette increases the likelihood that another bullpen arm gets moved in some sort of trade in an effort to shore up the back end of the Rangers rotation.
Here is a video of Barnette tossing an inning. He begins around the 2:15 mark.
The Rule 5 Draft was this morning and the Rangers decided not to take anyone in either the AAA or AA portion of the draft. They also did not lose anyone in the draft. Needless to say, it’s been a pretty uneventful Winter Meetings. However JD did say today that they do plan on signing a RH bat within the next week to 10 days. Rajai Davis is a name we keep hearing.