By Jason Shetler
The Texas Rangers have announced that they claimed Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pirates. He, along with Danny Ortiz, were both designated for assignment this past weekend, in order to add Sean Rodriguez and George Kontos to the 40-man roster.
After pitching well in the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen a year ago, Marinez returned to the Brewers to begin this season. The 28-year-old righty posted a 5.40 ERA in 15 games. Marinez was DFA’d by Milwaukee, and had been claimed off waivers by the Pirates on May 19th.
In 24 appearances with Pittsburgh, Marinez put up an ERA of 3.18 and a 134 ERA+. His Fielding Independent Pitching however was on the high side at 4.55. Combined with the Brewers and Pirates, Marinez had a 52% groundball rate. It would have been nice to see him clear waivers, and to be an extra bullpen arm in September, but that won’t be the case now.