BY: Richard W. Humphrey
Jamey Newberg is reporting that the Rangers have made two trades this afternoon, acquiring catcher Matt Treanor from Kansas City and left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez from Baltimore, both for a player to be named later. It was later announced that Texas would be sending cash instead of a player to Kansas City. The player to be named later for Gonzalez turned out to be Pedro Strop, who has a 4-4 record, 11 saves and a 3.59 ERA at AAA Round Rock. Earlier in the season, he appeared in 11 games with the Rangers, where he had an 0-1 record with a 3.72 ERA.
To make room for them on the 40-man roster, right-handed Wilmer Font was recalled and placed on the 60-day disabled list, and right-handed pitcher Tim Wood was designated for assignment. Both will report to the Rangers after August 31 when the rosters expand, so no was no additional roster moves are required to make available spots on the active roster for Treanor and Gonzalez.
Further, T. R. Sullivan at MLB.com is reporting that the Rangers are interested in the Giants’ Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand, both of whom have cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded. Sullivan indicates that such a trade is likely. The Rangers have been vulnerable to left-handed pitching with Adrian Beltre and now Nelson Cruz on the disabled list and are interested in acquiring a right-handed bat, preferably with power.
In order for players to be eligible for post-season play with the Rangers, they have to be acquired by 11:00 PM (Central) tonight.
The Rangers also announced that third baseman Adrian Beltre would be activated from the disabled list Thursday when the rosters expand.