What was obvious for nearly two months became official Thursday: Willie Calhoun’s time with the Rangers organization is over.
Having been both relegated and designated for assignment since late April, Calhoun was sent to his hometown, the San Francisco Giants, so that Rangers could continue to increase their quotient of versatile former Clemson players. The latest is Steven Duggar. Duggar, 28, had been with the Giants for parts of the past five seasons. The Rangers have also earned enough money – believed to be around $ 150,000 – to get the contracts washed.
He’s been in IL since late April with a tense oblique. Duggar, a left-handed hitter like Calhoun, joins Brad Miller and injured Eli White as members of the Arlington IPTAY alumni. Where Calhoun is mainly limited to DH due to defensive deficiencies, Duggar is able to play all three positions on the outfield. He started 151 games in the center. He also worked with Rangers offensive coordinator / bench coach Donnie Ecker while he was with the Giants.
Duggar also has a minor-league option remaining, meaning he could be moved back and forth in Triple-A if needed.
“Steven Duggar is a strong all-around baseball player who can add value to the team in a number of ways,” said Rangers baseball operations president Jon Daniels. “With Eli’s injury, we think his skill set fits well on our roster. We wish Willie the best for his opportunity with San Francisco. For him it is a new beginning, as well as being close to home “.
Calhoun, who is exactly one year a day younger than Duggar, reached .241 / .300 / .407 / .707 in parts of six seasons with Rangers after being the highest profile of three players in Yu Darvish deal. His career with Rangers was often hampered by injuries, though he was in good health this year as he cut .136 / .283 / .274 / .556 out of 53 appearances before being sent off in April.
He asked the Rangers for an exchange at the time, but there were no buyers. He was dismissed after being designated for the post earlier this month, but no one has claimed him. He was only cutting .217 / .264 / .410 / .673 at Triple-A Round Rock.
Duggar is expected to join the squad this weekend. When he does, Rangers will have to remove one player from the active 26-man roster. They currently have four other left-handed hitters capable of playing outfield: Josh Smith, Kole Calhoun, Brad Miller, and Leody Taveras.
To make room for Duggar on the 40-man roster, rescuer Spencer Patton has been designated for the assignment.
A tribute to the 80s: As part of Rangers’ 50th anniversary celebration, the club will honor teams from the 1980s this weekend, when the Washington Nationals make their first Arlington appearance since 2005.
Among the 1980s alumni who will take part in the celebration are Rangers Hall of Famers Charlie Hough, Ruben Sierra and Jeff Russell. Hough will throw the first pitch before Friday’s game. There will be autograph signing with many of the 80’s players over the course of the weekend. +++
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