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Thursday newsletter time: Rangers pick one, lose one in Rule 5 draft

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The Rule 5 draft prevents teams from stashing players in the minor leagues without ever putting them on the 40-man roster. It’s a very good thing for players, who finally get their best chance to live the dream.

Carson Coleman will get that chance, eventually. The Rangers selected the right-hander Wednesday from the Yankees’ Triple A roster even though he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Rule 5 picks must remain on the active roster all season. That rule allows for injuries by requiring that players spend at least 90 days on the active roster. That should be possible with Coleman, even though he will open the season on the injured list.

If he doesn’t make the 90 days or the Rangers decide to not carry him any longer, he will go through the waiver process, and if unclaimed, will be offered back to the Yankees.

General manager Chris Young said that the Rangers like Coleman’s fastball and makeup. The last time he pitched, in 2022, he struck out 95 and walked 19 in 63 1/3 innings while notching 15 of his 19 saves in Double A.

The Rangers lost Justin Slaten, when the Mets selected the native Texan and then traded him to the Red Sox. That happens, though it hasn’t happened to the Rangers for a while.

They have made many picks in the Rule 5 draft, perhaps most notably Delino DeShields in 2014. Their last pick was Brett de Geus, who pitched in 19 games for the dreadful 2021 Rangers before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Diamondbacks.

Now in the Royals organization, de Geus hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2021.

The Rangers lost Mason Englert last season to the Tigers, and he was with them all season.

Don’t forget

The Rangers are playing host to the Texas Rangers Toy Drive this evening from 4-7 p.m. at Globe Life Field. Right-hander Jon Gray and his wife, Jacklyn, are the hosts of the event that benefits Mission Arlington Mission Metroplex.

Gray is one of four players who will be signing autographs, along with Marcus Semien, Josh Sborz, and J.P. Martínez. Coaches Mike Maddux, Bret Hayes and Seth Connor will also be signing, along with broadcasters Matt Hicks, Emily Jones, Eleno Ornelas, Dave Raymond and Jared Sandler.

Gray and Sborz are scheduled to sign at 4:15, and Semien and Martinez at 5:45.

That lineup is subject to change.

Anyone who brings new, unwrapped toys ($15 value) to the event will receive one ticket to a select 2024 home game while supplies last. Santa Claus and Rangers Captain will be on hand. Complimentary refreshments will be available courtesy of Delaware North Sportservice.

Attendees should park (for free) in Tundra Lot B and enter the ballpark through the Grand Slam Team Store. The team store will offer a 15 percent discount on their transactions with the purchase of a toy for the toy drive.

ICYMI …

Considering all the hype around the winter meetings and the wall-to-wall coverage by MLB Network, it would seem to be in baseball’s best interest for the winter meetings to live up to the hype. These meetings didn’t, though at least the Yankees tried. The small crew of Rangers writers did its best to produce meaningful content, and Rangers Today did that. Here’s the latest, in case you missed it.

Meetings wrapup

Bullpen talk

Kirby Yates added

Keep Justin Foscue

Doggy video!

Weather forecast for the next three days. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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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