Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake announced on Tuesday that the Rangers acquired pitcher Eddie Gamboa from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Rangers moved Jake Diekman and Prince Fielder to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
The Rays had designated Gamboa, a knuckleballer, for assignment on Tuesday morning, to create roster space for Nathan Eovaldi. It didn’t take them long to find a taker.
Gamboa, 32, made his major league debut last season. He pitched 13 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and eight walks with 11 strikeouts. While it seems unlikely Gamboa will grab a spot in the Rangers’ bullpen, he can at least provide relief depth.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.