Rangers Trade 40-Man Roster Player on Morning of Opening Day

The Texas Rangers made a minor trade to free up a spot on the 40-man roster on Thursday.

2024 Texas Rangers Spring Training
2024 Texas Rangers Spring Training / Bailey Orr/Texas Rangers/GettyImages

The reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers will begin their title defense on Thursday night against the Cubs.

The Rangers should be one of the more exciting teams in the league as they have a ton of offensive firepower, good starting pitching, and potentially the AL Rookie of the Year (Wyatt Langford).

However, Texas did some minor house cleaning to their roster ahead of the first pitch against the Cubs as they bolstered their 40-man roster. The Rangers announced Thursday that they traded right-handed pitcher Zak Kent to the Cleveland Guardians for international bonus pool money.

Texas has also freed up an open spot on its 40-man roster, despite having pitchers Carson Coleman and Jacob deGrom on the 60-day IL.

The 26-year-old Kent hasn’t made it to the majors as he’s spent the last four seasons in the minors. The right-handed pitcher didn’t have the strongest Spring Training with Texas as he posted a 12.27 ERA in three appearances. He also allowed five earned runs (two home runs), three walks, and only struck two batters in 3.2 innings.

Last season, Kent spent time in rookie ball and Triple-A Round Rock, where he had a 4.87 ERA in 13 appearances. The 26-year-old starting pitcher will look to find his footing in the Guardians’ farm system this season.

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