Rangers Acquire Kelvin De La Cruz

The Rangers acquired lefty Kelvin De La Cruz from the Indians, tweets Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  The Indians received cash considerations, tweets MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.  De La Cruz was designated for assignment a week ago to open a 40-man roster spot for Casey Kotchman.  The Rangers currently have an open 40-man spot they can use for De La Cruz.

De La Cruz, 23, posted a 4.19 ERA, 9.9 K/9, 6.0 BB/9, and 0.31 HR/9 in 86 Double-A innings last year, his second stint at the level.  A year ago, Baseball America ranked him 24th among Indians prospects, citing diminished stuff after an '09 elbow strain.  De La Cruz dropped out of BA's Indians top 30 this year and will be a project for the Rangers.

9 Responses to Rangers Acquire Kelvin De La Cruz Leave a Reply

  1. Astros should have jumped on this guy.

  2. MadmanTX 3 years ago

    Another lefty for the bullpen, making it seem like the Rangers aren’t going after Gonzalez after all. But, are they done spending…or is this another sign they will pursue Oswalt soon?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      this is a minor league acquisition

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      This guy is a AA project. Doubt he effects a Gonzalez deal. However, it looks like either Gonzalez and Martin Perez are the leading candidates for the lefty spot. The latter should excite Texas fans.

  3. Not particularly interesting but better than the cliche “Best shape of my life, playing for the whole thing” banter of Spring Training reports.

  4. ChrisV 3 years ago

    Not much in the form of big league help, but after some work this could pay off in the near future. Not a bad move. 

  5. Taylor Haberle 3 years ago

    I like this guy. not a bad deal. 

  6. Perez will not be in the bullpen.

  7. ChrisV 3 years ago

    No its not that like the Rangers are intentionally doing that, it is just when guys are ready and can be useful at the big league level…the rotation if full, but the bullpen could use help. It has just turned out that way. It is a way for guys to get good big league experience, and be helpful to the team, until a rotation spot opens up for them. 

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