12/09/2010 10:38 AM ET
Rangers acquire RHP Mason Tobin from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations
Cubs had selected Tobin with eighth selection in this morning's 2010 Major League Rule 5 Draft
The Texas Rangers announced this morning that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Mason Tobin from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations. The Cubs had selected Tobin from the Triple-A Salt Lake roster of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the eighth selection in the first round of today's Major League Rule 5 Draft.
Tobin, 23, did not pitch at all last season after having "Tommy John" ligament transplant surgery on his right elbow in the spring of 2009. In his three professional seasons from 2007-09, he has gone 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA (26 ER/96.1 IP). He was originally selected by LA of Anaheim in the 16th round of the 2007 June draft. He made 3 appearances with High-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2009 before having elbow surgery. His last professional appearance was with the Quakes on April 15, 2009 vs. Visalia.
There is a $50,000.00 fee for selecting a player in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Snyder must remain on the Rangers' 25-man roster for the duration of the 2010 regular season, or be offered back to the Angels for a fee of $25,000.00. With the acquisition of Tobin, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster.
Texas also selected two players in the Triple-A phase of this morning's Rule 5 Draft, catcher Fausto "Jessie" Mier and left-handed pitcher Starling De La Rosa.
Mier, 25, was selected from the roster of Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers organization during the first round of the Triple-A phase. Last season, he batted .269 (39-145) with one home run and 14 RBI in 46 games for Chattanooga. Mier was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2007 June draft out of Lewis-Clark State College. Over 132 games in his four-year minor league career, he has compiled a .251 average with 5 homers and 36 RBI.
De La Rosa, 23, was selected from the roster of Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Royals organization during the second round of the Triple-A phase. He went a combined 1-4 with a 5.92 ERA (32 ER/48.2 IP) over 22 games/2 starts with Idaho Falls (Rookie), Burlington (A), and Wilmington (High-A) in 2010. Originally signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2006, De La Rosa has gone 4-8 with a 6.21 ERA (72 ER/104.1 IP) in 66 games/3 starts over his five-year minor league career.
The Rangers did not lose any players to other teams during in any phase of this morning's draft. The players selected in the Triple-A phase cost a fee of $12,000.00 each. Unlike the Major League phase, players selected in the minor league portions of the draft are not required to be offered back to the original club at any point.