Rangers claim Stolmy Pimentel off waivers from the Pirates

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The Rangers have claimed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel off waivers from the Pirates, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers have moved Lisalverto Bonilla to the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury. The Rangers will make a move to create room on the 25-man roster once Pimentel reports, Wilson adds.

The Pirates designated Pimentel for assignment last week. In 42 career major league innings, the right-hander has a 4.50 ERA with a 47/18 K/BB ratio. Pimentel also struggled in spring training, compiling a 4.91 ERA with a 4/5 K/BB ratio in 11 innings. Given the Rangers’ bullpen issues, Pimentel could quickly work his way up the depth chart.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.