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April 02, 2006


Texas purchased the contracts of reliever ANTONIO ALFONSECA, infielder D’ANGELO JIMENEZ, and outfielder ADRIAN BROWN.

Texas designated reliever ERASMO RAMIREZ for assignement.

And the Rangers fill out the back end of their roster. Alfonseca will attempt to provide league-average middle relief. The 28-year-old Jimenez probably will rot on the bench in an attempt to resurrect his career. He falls behind Kinsler and DeRosa on the depth chart at second base, and Blalock and Young rest about once every three months. Brown, likewise, should play very infrequently even though he comes to Arlington as the fourth outfielder. Texas needs him for the time being because of the trade of Dellucci and injury to Gary Matthews.

The decision to DFA Ramirez is interesting but not unexpected. Ramirez had no more options, and his slow/slower/slowest repertoire didn’t inspire much confidence despite his left-handedness and an opposing batter line of .256/.297/.382. Ramirez also has a pronounced reverse split: .622 OPS versus righties and .761 against lefties. I’d bet someone claims him.

By my count, Texas currently has 41 players on the 40-man roster. They had 38 going into Thursday, lost Dominguez but gained Koronka and Rheinecker to gain one, then added the three noted above and designated Ramirez. Assuming I’m correct, the Rangers probably have bumped one of their disabled to the 60-day list.

UPDATE: Forgot that Texas outrighted reliever Jon Leicester. 40 on the roster.

Posted by Lucas at April 2, 2006 02:21 AM