In the book I put together each season, at the start of every month of reports I plug in a snapshot of the Rangers’ 40-man roster.
Barring any moves today, this will be how the roster looks as we turn tomorrow to July:
40-MAN ROSTER (40)
Dario Alvarez, Tony Barnette, Anthony Bass, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Clayton Blackburn, Matt Bush, Andrew Cashner, Preston Claiborne, Alex Claudio, Yu Darvish, Ernesto Frieri, Cole Hamels, Jeremy Jeffress, Keone Kela, Jose Leclerc, Nick Martinez, Yohander Mendez, Martin Perez, Joely Rodriguez, Tyson Ross, Connor Sadzeck, Tanner Scheppers
Robinson Chirinos, Jonathan Lucroy, Brett Nicholas
Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Joey Gallo, Ronald Guzman, Pete Kozma, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar, Drew Robinson
Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, Carlos Gomez, Jared Hoying, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Rua
60-DAY DISABLED LIST (5)
Hanser Alberto, Jake Diekman, Prince Fielder, Chi Chi Gonzalez, A.J. Griffin
There was a good amount of change in June, mostly on the pitching staff.
Out were Sam Dyson, Dillon Gee, and Eddie Gamboa, each designated for assignment (with Dyson and Gee moving on, and Gamboa currently deciding whether to accept an outright to Round Rock), with A.J. Griffin shifting to the 60-day disabled list.
In were Tyson Ross, arriving from the 60-day DL, Tanner Scheppers earning a return from his own outright, Joely Rodriguez coming in a trade after the Phillies designated him for assignment, and Ernesto Frieri and Preston Claiborne having their minor league contracts purchased.
To accommodate the extra arm in the above series of moves, outfielder Peter O’Brien’s three-week stay on the 40-man came to an end, as the Dodgers claimed him off waivers after the Rangers designated him for assignment, just as Texas had done late in May when he was DFA’d by the Reds.
I post this today as I wonder how different the 40-man roster might look on August 1, and it’s not necessarily an unrelated thought as I wonder what the Nationals will do now that shortstop Trea Turner is out two months or more with a broken wrist, not that Stephen Drew and Wilmer Difo would be shoehorned on a Napoli-in-left-field level, but with Adeiny Hechavarria already traded, maybe the ideal profile is a player who could hold shortstop down in Turner’s absence but has enough versatility to remain useful thereafter, and for the last two weeks Jurickson Profar has played nothing but shortstop in AAA, hitting .404/.466/.481 with just five strikeouts in 58 plate appearances in that stretch, and maybe the conversation Washington GM Mike Rizzo is having with his pro scouts this week gets expanded a bit so that Mike Maddux is asked a question or two, because stranger things have happened than to see a former blue-chip prospect refind himself years down the road, perhaps in a new uniform, and playing Drew or Difo every day for half a season may not be the worst thing in the world for a team that’s already a lock to play in October, but man, maybe there’s an opportunity there.