INF Andres Blanco (Nationals)
RHP Manny Corpas (Cubs)
INF Luis Cruz (Dodgers)
C Robinzon Diaz (Angels)
RHP Adalberto Flores (Astros)
INF Esteban German (Japan)
INF Nick Green (Marlins)
RHP Eric Hurley (Angels)
LHP Beau Jones (Marlins)
The Rangers have also re-signed a handful of minor league free agents––RHP Fabio Castillo, RHP Derek Hankins, LHP Zach Jackson, INF Matt Kata. Castillo was not initially a free agent, but he became one after the Rangers non-tendered him in order to remove him from the 40-man roster earlier in the month.
The baseball-wide list of minor league free agents was recently posted by Baseball America's Matt Eddy on his minor league transactions blog.
The Rangers have 20 free agents, including seven who have been with the organization for multiple seasons. All players with at least six full years of professional experience are eligible to file for free agency if they are not on a team's 40-man roster.
Triple-A: LHP Douglas Arguello, RHP Omar Beltre, SS Andres Blanco, C Kevin Cash, RHP Manny Corpas, SS Luis Cruz, C Robinzon Diaz, 3B Esteban German, SS Nick Green, RHP Derek Hankins, RHP Eric Hurley, LHP Zach Jackson, LHP Beau Jones, 2B/LF Matt Kata, 1B/LF Brad Nelson, RHP Merkin Valdez
Double-A: RHP Adalberto Flores, OF David Paisano
High-A: 2B/LF Travis Adair
As is most often the case, the majority of the free agents are 'hired guns' at the Triple-A level. These players are often signed each offseason before getting action in major league camp and serving as insurance for the major league team.
Omar Beltre, Andres Blanco, Esteban German, Eric Hurley, and Merkin Valdez were all members of the Rangers' 40-man roster until they were outrighted and cleared waivers earlier in the week. All five players opted to become free agents.
Some of the free agents will likely re-up with the Rangers later this offseason. Most will move on, and the club will fill part of its Triple-A roster by signing a handful of minor league free agents during the offseason.
Jones posted a solid season at Triple-A Round Rock, logging a 3.63 ERA in 39 appearances. In 62 innings, he gave up 59 hits while walking 26 and striking out 54. His velocity sat in the low-90s more often than it has in recent years, and he also mixed in a curveball, a slider, and a changeup.
Both players are in various stages of the comeback trail, but they are assessing options after becoming free agents earlier this week.
Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan that the club is particularly interested in bringing Hurley back.
"We're hopeful we can entice him to re-sign with us," Levine said to Sullivan. "We understand he wants to evaluate his options, including what he deems is a faster track to the big leagues. We understand he feels he is on the rebound from a few injuries and his singular goal is to get to the big leagues. We hope he gets that opportunity."
Sullivan also wrote that the Rangers have expressed interest in re-signing both German and Andres Blanco.
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