Rangers add Sardinas to the roster; claim Tolleson
The Rangers have added infielder Luis Sardinas to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Today was the deadline to add to the 40-man roster. The Rangers also added pitcher Ben Rowen and Lisalverto Bonilla to the roster.
Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five years or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four years. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
The Rangers also claimed pitcher Shawn Tolleson off waivers from the Dodgers.
Tolleson, 25, has appeared for the Dodgers in each of the last two seasons, going a combined 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA (18 ER/37.2 IP) in 41 relief appearances. He had just 6 total appearances in 2013 due to lower back surgery and a left hip injury. He attended Allen (Texas) High School and pitched at Baylor University in Waco. Tolleson, who was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 30th round of the 2010 June draft, has a career 1.34 ERA (19 ER/127.2 IP) in 107 appearances in the minor leagues. He also has a .932 career WHIP figure in the minors with 185 strikeouts against 31 walks.