Nippert, 27 in May, was said to have "top of the rotation stuff" by Baseball America in their ’07 handbook. The 6’7" TJ survivor throws in the mid-90s with a strong curve. He hasn’t had any big league success, but there’s upside here. The Rangers can afford to stash Nippert on the active roster and let him struggle in ’08; the D’Backs couldn’t.
I can’t tell you much beyond stats about Marte – he’s a 24 year-old relief prospect with huge strikeout rates. He struggled with his control as a High A ball closer last year. Better than nothing, which was Josh Byrnes’ alternative if he tried to pass Nippert through waivers.