Diamond designated for assignment

The Rangers have designated pitcher Thomas Diamond for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. The Rangers will likely try to get Diamond through outright waivers and back into their Minor League system. Another team could claim him and put him on their 40-man roster. The Rangers could also trade him for a player who is not on a 40-man roster.

Diamond was the Rangers No. 1 draft pick in 2004. Diamond is on the Arizona Fall League roster as one of the Rangers represenatives.

The Rangers also placed Brandon Boggs on the 60-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder.

The Rangers needed two spots on the 40-man roster because they were at 39 before adding pitcher Brandon McCarthy, catcher Kevin Richardson and outfielder Craig Gentry as September callups.

The Rangers do not have one single first-round draft pick from this decade currently on their 40-man roster.

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Interesting point about the first-round picks, which are as follows: 2009 Matt Purke (couldn’t sign him – a complete loss), 2008 Justin Smoak (please God don’t let Daniels trade him), 2007 Michael Main and Blake Beavan (could redeem this list), 2006 Kasey Kiker (sloooowly crawling through the minors), 2005 John Mayberry (given away to the Phillies for non-prospect Greg Golson), 2004 Eric Hurley (hurt), 2004 Diamond (DFA), 2003 John Danks (improvidently traded for McCarthy), 2002 Drew Meyer (failure), 2001 Mark Teixeira (the Herschel Walker trade of baseball?), 2000 Scott Heard (no one’s Heard of Scott). A star and a solid major leaguer (Tex and Danks), one top prospect (Smoak) and a couple of possible pitchers. Three zeroes (Purke, Meyer and Heard). The rest either fringe guys or hurt. Overall BA = .250.

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