the Rangers have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a one year contract worth approximately $3 million plus incentives. The Rangers will still look for more catching help but Soto does give them at least one option.
The Rangers have extended Nelson Cruz a qualifying offer for $14.1 million. He has until next Monday to accept. He is likely looking for a multi-year contract.
Pitcher Martin Perez has been named the Rangers Rookie of the Year for 2013. He was 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts. Other award winners will be announced later.
General manager Jon Daniels said Triple A manager Bobby Jones will join the Rangers coaching staff. Daniels said there is a good chance that Steve Buechele will move from Double A Frisco to Round Rock as Triple A manager. Jones could be either the first base coach or the seventh coach on the bench. The Rangers are looking for a coach who can help with their catching instruction. Minor League catching coordinator Hector Ortiz is highly regarded by manager Ron Washington.
Joe Nathan is a free agent. He has voided the option for 2014. The Rangers picked up the option but he voided it
The Rangers have claimed pitcher Chaz Roe off waivers from the Diamondbacks.
Roe, 27, made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks last season, going 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA (10 ER/22.1 IP) over 21 games and 4 stints (July 1-4, July 28-31, Aug. 12-16, and Aug. 24-end of season). He spent the rest of the year with Mobile (AA) and Reno (AAA), going a combined 0-1 with a 1.11 ERA (3 ER/24.1 IP) in 25 relief appearances. Roe spent the 2012 campaign with the Laredo (TX) Lemurs in the independent American Association, where his manager was former Ranger Pete Incaviglia. He went 3-2 with a 1.47 ERA (9 ER/55.0 IP) in 49 outings for Laredo that year.
Originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the supplemental first round (32nd overall) of the 2005 June Draft, Roe has a 42-46 record with a 4.63 ERA (434 ER/843.2 IP) in 184 games/136 starts with affiliated teams in his minor league career. Prior to this season, he last pitched in a major league organization with Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle system in 2011.
With this move, the Rangers now have 34 players on the club’s 40-man roster, along with 2 pitchers (Matt Harrison and Edwar Cabrera) on the 60-day disabled list.
The Rangers have formally told Lance Berkman they are not picking up his option. That is not a surprise but the Rangers have made it official and Berkman is now a free agent. The Rangers had a $12 million option but instead will pay a $1 million buyout.