Rangers general manager Jon Daniels revealed that veteran outfielder Ryan Ludwick will not make the Opening Day roster, saying:
All-world guy. I hope he catches a big league job with another team. I think he can help somebody. As we look at it today, we thought other options in camp fit the roster better.
Ludwick signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers in early February and it would have paid $1.75 million if he made the team at age 36.
Ludwick was an All-Star in 2008 and had a big season for the Reds as recently as 2012, but he’s failed to crack a .700 OPS in each of the past two seasons and struggled in camp. If he wants to continue playing he may have to go prove he’s still got something left in the tank at Triple-A.
Jared Burton, who signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees after the Twins declined his $3.6 million option, has been released.
Burton pitched decently in camp, but showed major signs of slowing down for Minnesota last season and at age 34 looks like a middle reliever rather than the setup-caliber arm he was in 2012-2013.
Burton had a 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 64 innings for the Twins last season.
Three weeks ago the Rays named Alex Cobb as their Opening Day starter, but now he’s going to begin the season on the disabled list. Their new Opening Day starter will be Chris Archer, who threw 195 innings with a 3.33 ERA and 173/72 K/BB ratio last season.
Cobb, Drew Smyly, and Alex Colome are all injured, so the Rays’ rotation will be patched together early on. They’re hoping that Cobb will return in mid-April.
Archer will be the first pitcher other than David Price or James Shields to start Opening Day for the Rays since 2007.