Rangers lose Joe Palumbo and Jharel Cotton to drop claims


The Rangers lost a pair of pitchers on waivers on Friday as they continue to build their offseason roster. Lefty Joe Palumbo, who was beset with injuries, was claimed by San Francisco while right-hander Jharel Cotton was claimed by Minnesota.

Additionally, the Rangers have retired first baseman Ronald Guzman, who has been lost for the year due to a knee injury a week into the season, infielder Anderson Tejeda and infielder Anderson Tejeda. first baseman DH Curtis Terry of the 40-man roster. All three become minor league free agents for six years. The Rangers have also removed right-hander Matt Bush from the roster, who returned from arm problems on the last day of the season. Bush had a two-year contract with the minor leagues for 2021-2022. If he chooses free agency, he would forgo the second year of the deal.

Palumbo, who turned 27 last week, has pitched just 19 innings in the major leagues due to a number of injuries and chronic illnesses. He was limited to 2 1/3 innings in 2020 by ulcerative colitis and he only pitched 6 2/3 innings in minors in 2021 due to other injuries.

Cotton, 29, pitched 30 2/3 innings for Rangers in 2021 after being out of the majors for three years with shoulder issues.

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