Rangers lose a player to release waivers due to quirk in MLB rule

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MLB’s waiver rules are complicated enough for fans and those who cover baseball on a regular basis, but apparently they can even confuse teams sometimes. Check out this story from Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News about how the Rangers were forced to put right-hander Ben Rowen on release waivers yesterday:

The Rangers said an obscure sub-section in MLB’s waiver rules would not allow Rowen to go onto outright waivers, as the club intended. The combination of a spring-training biceps-tendinitis injury, which carried over in the start of the minor-league season, and time with the Rangers prohibited Rowen from being outrighted until March.

Still confused? Don’t feel bad. Rowen can now be claimed by another team, but he’d have to be added to the major league roster. His waivers expire on Tuesday, after which he’d become a free agent. He’d be able to sign with anyone at that point, but he could end up returning to the Rangers anyway.

Rowen, a 26-year-old sidearmer, allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks over eight appearances with the Rangers this past season. He had a 3.45 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio over 47 relief innings in Triple-A.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.