Rangers acquire left-handed pitcher
The Rangers have acquired left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz from the Indians for cash considerations. He goes on the 40-man roster and might be another candidate for a job in the bullpen.
Here is the release from the Rangers:
The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz (#71) from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations.
De La Cruz, 23, went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA (40 ER/86.0 IP) in 23 games/16 starts for Akron (AA) in 2011, holding left-handed batters to a .143 (13-91) average. He has been primarily a starter throughout his professional career, although he made 6 of his 12 pro relief appearances at the end of last season. Still seeking his first action above Double-A, he has averaged 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings and 0.6 home runs allowed per 9 innings in his career. He also made one appearance for Triple-A Columbus in the International League playoffs last year and had 6 games with the Cibao Eagles in the Dominican Winter League.
De La Cruz was designated for assignment by Cleveland on February 13 and goes on the Rangers’ big league roster. For his career, he is 32-28 with a 4.21 ERA (213 ER/455.1 IP) in 105 games/93 starts since signing with Cleveland as a free agent on December 4, 2004.
With this trade, the Rangers now have 59 players in the club’s major league spring training camp: a full 40-man roster and 19 non-roster invitees.