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Ricky Vanasco trade shows how quickly things have changed for Rangers

(Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson)


No one with the Rangers had lost any faith in Ricky Vanasco, the right-handed pitcher who was hitting 100 mph before and after he underwent Tommy John surgery in September 2020.

He hadn’t done it recently, but the Rangers still saw a quality young arm that, with some more time in the minors, could make an impact.

Vanasco, though, was added to the 40-man roster since November 2021, when the Rangers were rebuilding and didn’t want to risk losing one of their top pitching prospects in the Rule 5 draft.

He was designated for assignment Monday, and on Thursday the Rangers traded him for a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher.

What changed?

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. chucky859@yahoo.com June 2, 2023

    Is the possibility of losing Leon rally going to hurt as much as in past times , seems like we are deep at catcher but they never seem to pan out once they come up , I swear when huff came up in 22 he might not ever go back but he hit himself right Back there , Leon looked good for a spell and same with him .

    1. Jeff Wilson June 4, 2023

      It’s going to happen at some point. I think Huff would be fine if something were to happen to Heim or Garver.


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