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July 31, 2004


Added pitcher MIKE BACSIK to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA Oklahoma. Optioned pitcher SAM NARRON to AAA Oklahoma. Acquired pitcher SCOTT ERICKSON from the New York Mets for cash and a player to be named later.

Will Sam Narron become a capable Major Leaguer? Probably not, but in any case, Texas has added him to the roster and burned one of his options for nothing. In his place, the pitching-desperate Rangers recalled Mike Bacsik, who has a 4.45 ERA in AAA, about half a run higher than Narron's. Bacsik has almost no chance of being claimed if designated and isn't a loss if claimed, so why waste Narron's option? Meanwhile, Texas also acquired Scott Erickson from the Mets. The 36-year-old pitched terribly in two starts for the Mets and offered a 4.50 ERA in 52 rehab innings in AAA. I don't know whether Texas will place him on the 40-man roster immediately.

Posted by Lucas at July 31, 2004 03:33 PM