Matt Treanor, Mike Gonzalez to Rangers
The Texas Rangers have made two trades prior to Wednesday night's 11 p.m. CT trade deadline, acquiring Matt Treanor from Kansas City for cash considerations and lefty Mike Gonzalez from Baltimore for a player to be named later.
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The club designated right-handed pitcher Tim Wood for assignment and moved Wilmer Font to the 60-day disabled list to make room for the acquisitions on the 40-man roster. The deals for Gonzalez and Treanor were completed hours before the deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason roster.
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 and has held lefties to a .212 average in his career. The 33-year-old has thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his 13 outings since July 22, with opponents hitting just .122 off him in that span. He has allowed one run in his past 19 appearances.
"We were looking for a guy that could get lefties and righties," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's locked in right now.
"When he's on, he's very good."
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.
Daniels said the team planned on adding a third catcher in September.
"He knows a lot of our guys on the pitching staff and he's familiar with the American League," the GM said. "He's such a good fit for us."
Rangers outfielder David Murphy said being around Treanor makes the game more fun.
"We've got two great catchers and I don't know how much Matt will play, but on the bench he's always talking," Murphy said. "He's got all these sayings in the dugout that keep everybody loose."
"Gonzo is going to be a really nice piece for (Rangers manager) Ron Washington and the Rangers. He's pitching as good as any American League reliever, left-hander, reliever period," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "They're catching him at a great time. He's familiar with the American League, so there should be little transition. He's obviously familiar with the state of Texas. So it's a really good situation for them."
Washington welcomes another left-handed reliever.
"I remember him more from when he was closing for Atlanta," Washington said. "I didn't see that much of him with Baltimore. I thought he had good stuff.
"Hopefully, he can get lefties out."
Gonzalez has a 2.89 ERA in 380 career appearances for Pittsburgh (2003-06), Atlanta (2007-09) and Baltimore (2010-11).
"I'm excited. I'm going to go out there and I'm going to try to win the championship now, and especially right now that I'm feeling good," Gonzalez said. "The bad part is obviously I wanted to do more here in Baltimore. ... I'm going to go to Texas and see what these guys are about over there. If they're anything like Tommy (Hunter), I'm going to be all right."
To fill out the 25-man roster, the Orioles recalled left-hander Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. Phillips was acquired on July 19 from Texas for minor leaguer infielder Nick Green and cash.
Treanor isn't expected to arrive until Thursday. Gonzalez is catching a late flight Wednesday but isn't expected to arrive in time for Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNDallas.com's Randy Jennings and The Associated Press was used in this report.