The Rangers announced that they’ve activated left-hander Martin Perez from the 60-day DL and released outfielder Austin Jackson. Additionally, they placed reliever Alex Claudio on the 10-day DL because of a left ankle sprain.
Perez will start against the Orioles on Saturday, which will be his first major league outing since April 29. The 27-year-old missed nearly three months with right (non-throwing) elbow problems. Prior to that, Perez got off to a terrible start with a 9.67 ERA, 5.24 K/9 and 4.84 BB/9 in 22 1/3 innings.
This disastrous season aside, Perez has been passable since debuting in 2012, evidenced by a 4.60 ERA/4.40 FIP across 698 1/3 career innings. He also tossed at least 185 frames in each of the previous two seasons. Given Texas’ need for starters, Perez’s track record could influence the team to pick up his $7.5MM option for 2019 when the offseason rolls around. Otherwise, it could try to trade Perez or buy him out for $750K.
As for Jackson, his release comes three days after the Rangers designated him for assignment and ends a very short tenure with the organization for the native Texan. In a trade with San Francisco last weekend, the Rangers agreed to take on Jackson (and his $3MM annual salary through next season) to help clear payroll for the Giants and acquire pitching prospect Jason Bahr.
The Rangers never had any intention of using Jackson, who hit just .242/.309/.295 in 165 plate appearances as a Giant, and weren’t able to flip him elsewhere. Now, thanks to his woeful season thus far, the 31-year-old Jackson may either have to take a minor league deal (if a team offers one) or sit out the rest of 2018.
Forever Ranger Austin Jackson
Back to Giants on a minimum deal lol
Sadly I could see that happening.
All things considering…hmmm
Wouldn’t might the braves snagging him for depth. Never hurts to have depth
Tribe already has several versions of Jackson on the major and minor league rosters. They need someone who can actually produce.
Austin Jackson was worse than hot hot hot hot hot ham
2017: .318/.387/.482 with 7 HR in 318 PA
2018: .242/.309/.295 with 0 HR in 165 PA
What happened, Jackson!
He had a clear outlier year, considering his last above average year with the bat was 2013
He went to play at AT&T where league average hitters become below average hitters.
In 2017 he played on a winning team with a great manager who knew how to use him.
Texas Rangers are abusing the dl.
They have been for years. Perez was legit hurt though
“Texas Rangers are abusing the dL.”
1. MLB is a private, self-governing business.
2. Rules for use of the DL are set by the commissioner, who is an employee of all MLB teams collectively.
3. If MLB or any MLB team(s) has a problem with another team’s usage of the DL a complaint to the commissioner’s office would resolve it.
4. There is no history of teams turning other teams in for “abuse of DL” or similar.
5. Hence it is safe to conclude that MLB does not want its DL rules interpreted and applied the way you do.
Just to repeat, MLB is a private, self-governing enterprise. Telling them what the DL rules should be and/or how they should be applied is equivalent to a customer telling B & R franchises what flavors to feature next month. You can suggest all you like but the decision itself isn’t just out of your hands, it’s really none of your business.
(Just to be clear, yours was not the first nor will it be the last comment to make that point about DL “abuse.”)
Fire Jon Daniels
Nobody takes advantage of the DL like JD. Gotta give him that.
The Dodgers magical 2017 dl rotating rotation would like a word
I wonder if they ever even fitted him for, or gave him, a uniform.
You mean after the traded for him and told him not to even show up in Texas? Uh no…
Best of luck to Jackson. Seems like a good dude.
Who was your favorite Jackson?
….in that order.