Texas Rangers: Edwar Cabrera

Rangers claim RHP Tolleson off waivers

November, 20, 2013
The Texas Rangers received right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson from the Los Angeles Dodgers on a waiver claim, the team announced Wednesday.

Tolleson, 25, was 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 41 relief appearances (37 2/3 innings pitched) over the last two seasons with the Dodgers. He had only six appearances in 2013 because of a lower back surgery and a left hip injury. Tolleson, who attended Allen High School and pitched at Baylor, has a career 1.34 ERA in 107 appearances (127 2/3 innings pitched) in the minor leagues. He also has a .932 career WHIP in the minors with 185 strikeouts against 31 walks.

The Rangers also added right-handed pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla and Ben Rowen, along with infielder Luis Sardinas, to the major league roster. Left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera cleared waivers and been assigned outright to the minors.

Rowen, 25, went 6-1 with a 0.69 ERA in 51 total appearances for Frisco and Round Rock in 2013. Bonilla, 23, was 7-5 record with six saves and a 4.79 ERA in 47 games (two starts) for Frisco and Round Rock last season. Sardinas, 20, batted .288 with two home runs, 46 RBIs, 81 runs scored and 32 steals in 126 total games with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco in 2013. He has a .354 (45-127) average in 31 games with La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Cabrera, 26, was received from Colorado on a waiver claim on October 16.

The Rangers now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

Nelson Cruz has week to decide on offer

November, 4, 2013
The Texas Rangers made it official Monday, tendering a $14.1 million qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz prior to today's 4 p.m. deadline.

The move wasn't a tough decision for the club. It's likely not a tough one for Cruz, either. He's expected to decline the option and seek a multiyear deal. He has until next Monday at 4 p.m. to make his decision. But don't misunderstand: If he spurns the one-year, $14.1 million offer, it doesn't mean he's not wearing a Rangers uniform in 2014.

The Rangers, like any other team, would have the right to negotiate with Cruz. He said prior to the season ending that he wanted to test the market. But he's also made it clear he likes Texas and wants to stay. The club needs a power hitter and it knows Cruz well. It may simply come down to what the market will bear and how many years are on the table.

Of course, if Cruz decides he wants to play in Texas and for $14.1 million next season, the Rangers would gladly pay it and put him out there with Leonys Martin and Alex Rios, filling one of their offseason holes. Stay tuned.

Cruz was the only Ranger to receive a qualifying offer. The others -- David Murphy, Colby Lewis, A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto -- can sign with any club, including Texas. If they do go elsewhere, the Rangers won't receive any kind of draft pick compensation. Joe Nathan is also a free agent after he declined the club option on his contract last week.

Other notes:

* The Rangers reinstated left-handed pitchers Matt Harrison and Edwar Cabrera from the 60-day DL. Harrison made two starts and ended up having three surgeries in 2013. He's expected to be ready for the 2014 season. Cabrera was claimed off Colorado's roster in October.

* RHP Ross Wolf and LHP Travis Blackley cleared waivers and were outrighted to the minor leagues. Wolf was signed to a 2014 minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. Blackley elected to become a free agent.

Wolf, 31, was 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 22 games (three of them starts) for the Rangers in 2013. It was his first season in the majors since 2007.

* The Rangers have 34 players on the 40-man roster now.

* RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, because of an injury to a pitcher from another organization, was added to the roster of the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. He's active starting tonight. Surprise's last game is Nov. 14.

Notes: Rangers claim LHP Edwar Cabrera

October, 16, 2013
The Texas Rangers have claimed left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera from the Colorado Rockies. He was on the Rockies' 60-day disabled list and has been transferred to the Rangers' 60-day DL. He joins Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison on that list. The Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.

Cabrera, who turns 26 on Sunday, had surgery on his left shoulder in July and missed the 2013 season. He has just eight career outings above Double-A, including two starts for the Rockies in 2012. He is 26-21 with a 3.13 ERA in his minor league career after signing as a free agent with Colorado in 2008.

The club also announced that these players are participating in Winter Ball this offseason:

Dominican Winter League
Kevin Pucetas: Gigantes del Cibao
Hanser Alberto: Gigantes del Cibao
Carlos Pimentel: Leones del Escogido
Francisco Mendoza: Tigres del Licey
Engel Beltre: Tigres del Licey
Jurickson Profar: Tigres del Licey
Leonys Martin: Tigres sel Licey
Ronald Guzman: Toros del Este
Neftali Feliz: Toros del Este
Robbie Ross: Toros del Este

Venezuelan Winter League
Arlett Mavare: Tiburones de La Guaira
Luis Sardinas: Tiburones de La Guaira
Guilder Rodriguez: Cardenales de Lara
Robinson Chirinos: Navegantes del Magallanes
Rougned Odor: Navegantes del Magallanes
Tomas Telis: Navegantes del Magallanes
Wilmer Font: Leones de Caracas
Yangervis Solarte: Tigres de Aragua
Teodoro Martinez: Tigres de Aragua

Colombian Winter League
Jake Skole: Toros de Sincelejo
Trever Adams: Toros de Sincelejo
Mike Zouzalik: Toros de Sincelejo

Puerto Rican Winter League
Alexander Claudio: Leones de Ponce
Janluis Castro: Criollos de Caguas
Kevin Torres: Leones de Ponce

Mexican Winter League
Jose Felix: Algodoneros de Guasave



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182