According to reports, the Rangers did not tender offers to pitchers A. J. Griffin, Nick Martinez, and Chi Chi Gonzalez. They are now free agents.
The thin pitching ranks have gotten thinner. While these were pitchers the Rangers were never going to count on anyway for much, Griffin and Martinez have made a considerable number of starts for the Rangers, with varying success.
Griffin made 38 starts for Texas in two seasons, winning 13 games and losing 10. His ERA both seasons was north of 5.00. Martinez has made 68 starts in his four years with Texas, going 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA.
Chi Chi Gonzalez was a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. Like so many other Rangers first rounders, and pitchers, he never quite materialized, exploding onto the major league scene with a bang then fizzling out before being shipped back down to the minor leagues for good in 2017. He was 4-8 in 13 big league starts, and underwent Tommy John surgery recently, so he wasn’t going to factor into the Rangers plans anyway,.
Of course, the Rangers can always renegotiate with any one of these pitchers and bring them back on different deals.
Infielder Hanser Alberto was also non-tendered. He is free to play in any other club’s minor league system.
The Rangers 40-man roster is now at 35.