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Rangers acquire Joely Rodriguez from the Phillies


The Phillies announced on Tuesday afternoon that reliever Joely Rodriguez was traded to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Phillies had designated Rodriguez for assignment last Wednesday.

Rodriguez, 25, looked good in a brief stint with the Phillies last season, but struggled mightily this season. He put up a 6.33 ERA with an 18/15 K/BB ratio over 27 innings of work.

Rodriguez will report to Triple-A Round Rock and serve as bullpen depth for the Rangers.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.