The Rangers have requested unconditional release waivers on right-hander Nick Gardewine, according to multiple reports (including this tweet from Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News). Gardewine had been designated for assignment earlier this week.
A seventh-round pick for Texas in the 2013 draft, Gardewine posted a 3.71 ERA, 3.12 K/BB rate, and 8.8 K/9 over 323 minor league innings, pitching exclusively as a reliever since the start of the 2016 season. He received a couple of looks at the big league level in the form of 15 total games for the Rangers in 2017-18, though he missed much of 2018 recovering from a forearm injury. Gardewine was on the minor league injured list at the time of his DFA, which helps to explain his release; injured players cannot be put through outright waivers. It’s common in these situations for players to re-sign with the organization on a minor league deal, though Gardewine of course has the option to pursue a new opportunity if he chooses.
really? no one claimed him? Phillies better jump on this.
For all the Blue Jays fans praising the Nick Kingham pickup, here’s a guy right up your alley. May as well bring ’em all in.
sign with the angels. they are doing great fixing up relief pitchers!
Sign with the Nats. Their bullpen is pathetic. Even though he can’t get anyone out he will fit right in