« ESPN Column | Main | 2005 Texas Rangers Preview »

March 16, 2005


Texas added DH GREG COLBRUNN to the 40-man roster. Texas also designated 2B JASON BOURGEOIS for assignement.

The Rangers had to add Colbrunn to the roster or he could declare free agency. He hasn't shown much so far in Spring Training other than health. The rest of the probable bench looks weak against righthanded pitchers, so they have no in-house alternative to Colbrunn right now.

As for Bourgeois, his tenure on the 40-man roster lasted all of sixteen months. Bourgeois has developed slowly, taking a full year or more at each level before breaking through. In a year-and-a-half at AA with 799 plate appearances, he has a line of .255/.313/.343. I'd guess the Rangers are hoping teams will look at that line and leave him alone. Bourgeois just turned 23 and has time to step up. If unclaimed, he'll probably return to AA.

Posted by Lucas at March 16, 2005 10:46 AM