Over the past week, the Texas Rangers have made a flurry of roster moves. Their latest move came on Thursday when they made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Dennis Santana. On the Rangers’ end of the exchange, they will be sending lefty Kelvin Bautista to Los Angeles. The Rangers’ most pressing need at the moment is pitching. They are hoping that Santana will provide depth. As late June approaches, they are badly in need of some wins as their record currently stands at 25-43. Fans are clamoring for change, and they are about to see one as they have just seen the Rangers acquire Santana in a June trade.
While he is in the process of helping the Rangers win, Santana is also hoping to turn his own season around. In 16 games for the Dodgers this year, the 25-year old right-hander has not fared well. He has posted an earned run average of 6.00 with 11 walks and eight strikeouts. One bright spot is that he hasn’t surrendered any home runs this year. That is something that the Rangers’ bullpen has struggled with as a whole this year. It is evident that manager Chris Woodward is beyond frustrated with how his bullpen, along with the rest of his team, has performed this year. He has been scrambling for ideas on how to make this team better, and nothing has helped thus far. Hopefully now that the Rangers have acquired Santana, it will be one of the answers.
Other Roster Moves
Another change that the Rangers made on Thursday centered around left-hander Hyeon-Jong Yang. The team has designated Yang for assignment. He has gone 0-3 this year with 5.59 ERA in eight games, four of them were starts. He was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The clock is ticking as the Rangers now have seven days to trade, release, or outright Yang to the minor leagues. The fans are ready for things to change and they hope to see it now that the Rangers have acquired Dennis Santana.
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