11/08/12 3:36 PM ET
Rangers acquire lefty reliever Hottovy from Royals
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
"It's hard to beat that -- going to games as a kid and then getting to be part of the team and the organization," Hottovy said about playing for the Royals. "It's just one of those things that couldn't have worked out any better and I really had a blast in the time that I was here. But teams make moves and the Royals needed a roster spot and it's kind of the way things worked. Fortunately, the Rangers were interested and I'm looking forward to heading down there."
Hottovy was a fourth-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Wichita State. He became a free agent after the 2011 season and was signed by the Royals. They designated him for assignment last Friday.The Rangers' scouting reports describe Hottovy as a sidearming left-hander who is tough on left-handed hitters. He throws 86-90 mph, with a slider to go with his fastball. He gives the Rangers a third candidate for left-handed relief behind Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Dick Kaegel contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.