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January 29, 2004


Added CARLOS ALMANZAR to the 40-man roster. Designated 3B/1B MIKE LAMB for assignment, deleting him from the 40-man roster.

An oddly timed move. Almanzar has a decent chance of making the Opening Day roster, and Lamb was already a candidate for removal. But since Almanzar already was signed to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training, why the Rangers made this move now is unclear. Texas may try to trade Lamb for a C-level prospect, and he could sub or provide insurance for several teams. UPDATE: A Japanese team had offered Almanzar a contract, so Texas had to grant him roster status or risk losing him.

Posted by Lucas at January 29, 2004 11:55 AM