The Rangers have made two trades prior to tonight's 11 p.m. CT trade deadline, acquiring Matt Treanor from Kansas City for a player to be named later or cash (the Royals took cash) and LHP Mike Gonzalez from Baltimore for a player to be named later.
The club designated RHP Tim Wood for assingment and moved Wilmer Font to the 60-day disabled list to make room for the acquisitions on the 40-man roster. Both players would be eligible for postseason play.
Gonzalez gives the Rangers a left-handed arm to join Darren Oliver in the bullpen. Oliver was the only left-hander out there after Arthur Rhodes' departure. He is 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA (46 1/3 innings) in 49 relief appearances. The key stat: He has held left-handed batters to a .211 average this season. Gonzalez has held lefties to a .212 average in his career. The 33-year-old has thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his last 13 outings starting July 22, with opponents hitting just .122 off him in that span. He has allowed one run in his last 19 appearances.
Treanor returns to Texas after being dealt near the end of spring training to Kansas City. The Rangers wanted to carry an extra reliever, leaving Treanor the odd-man out. It was always believed that there was a good chance he would return to Texas.
Treanor, 35, was hitting .226 with three homers, six doubles and 21 RBIs in 65 games. He led the Royals with 62 starts behind the plate and has caught 11 of 51 (21.6 percent) attempted base stealers. He suffered a concussion on July 31 and hasn't played in the big leagues in August. He has played seven games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on a rehab assignment and was 1-for-3 in his last game on Sunday.
He gives the club an experienced third catcher and important insurance down the stretch.
More to come later.