The first Marlins transaction of the new year fills their 40-man roster with a 26-year-old utility man."The Marlins announced Wednesday afternoon that they’ve claimed infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera off waivers from the Royals. The acquisition fills up their 40-man roster.Herrera Blake Parker Jersey
, 26, split his 2018 season between the Reds and Royals organizations. In his first taste of major league action (mostly for Kansas City), he was a mediocre hitter—.234/.286/.317, 63 wRC+ in 302 plate appearances—deployed at five different defensive positions (six if you include DH). He only homered once despite being listed at 6-foot-3. Here it is:Your browser does not support HTML5 video.Returning home to compete with Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, the switch-hitter’s results weren’t any better. He slashed just .169/.243/.231 in 75 plate appearances. Herrera mostly played left field for them.On Thursday’s episode of Swings and Mishes, Craig Mish passed along this scouting report from an industry source who has worked with Herrera personally (somebody outside the Marlins organization):The Marlins’ current outfield candidates for the Opening Day roster lean heavily right-handed http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey
, which could leave a spot up for grabs between Herrera and Magneuris Sierra to provide some balance. Both have obvious limitations at the plate, but impact the game positively with their legs and gloves.Herrera is out of minor league options, so the club would need to pass him through waivers in order to stash him with Triple-A New Orleans. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.With Rangel’s hiring Friday, the Rangers have filled six spots on Woodward’s staff.Rangel, 43 Michael Saunders Jersey
, was minor league pitching coordinator for the Giants this year, his only season in the San Francisco organization. He spent the previous 11 seasons in the Indians organization, including a stint as the interim pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in 2012.The Panama native was signed by the New York Yankees as a 17-year-old in 1993 and spent his entire seven-year professional career in the Yankees farm system. He reached as high as Double-A during his last season in 2000.The Rangers earlier this week named Luis Ortiz as a first-time hitting coach. Ortiz last season was assistant hitting coach with the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers, where Woodward was the third base coach.There are three assistants returning who were on former manager Jeff Banister’s staff, with bench coach Don Wakamatsu, third base coach Tony Beasley and first base coach Hector Ortiz Ryan Goins Jersey
, who had been in that role before being the bullpen coach last season.Jayce Tingler, in the organization since 2007, will be the major league player development field coordinator.The Rangers still likely will hire a bullpen coach and an assistant hitting coach to fill out their big league staff.The contracts of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen weren’t renewed. Steve Buechele, who was the first base coach last season, will be a special assistant in baseball operations to assist at the major and minor league levels.