In trade on last day of Winter meetings Rangers acquire left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for minor leaguers INF Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. Detwiler filled the 40-man roster for the Rangers. Detwiler was the 6th overall pick in the 2007 draft and will become a free agent after the 2015 season as a starter.
“I think it’s going to be a better fit for me. … I didn’t really see myself in a relieving role. I think I am a starter. I’m just ecstatic to get another chance to start somewhere.”
Detwiler has a chance to join Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis, and Derek Holland in the Rangers starting rotation. Detwiler started 40 games last season for the Nats then was later moved to the bullpen. Last season in 47 games as a reliever, Detwiler had a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings with a WHIP of 1.413 and a 1.86 SO/BB ratio. Detwiler has start 69 of his 132 MLB games and has a career record of 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA. Detwiler has spent all 7 years in the majors with the Nats.
“When you’ve got a player that’s motivated and maybe has some internal drive, internal motivation to go out there and perform, it’s usually a good thing,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels stated.
Right-hander De Los Santos who played for Class-A Hickory and Myrtle Beach was 5-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 8 saves in his 41 relief appearances.
Infielder Bostick spent 130 games with Class-A Myrtle Beach hit .251 with 11 HR and 62 RBIs.