According to the Newberg Report, the Rangers have signed LHP Brian Anderson and RHP Jose Diaz to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
According to ESPN.com Brian Anderson has a 4.74 career ERA and has a career record of 82-83. Last year he had a 6.75 ERA with a 1-2 record. He only played 6 games because he got injured and had Tommy John surgery on July 21st. Anderson is unlikely to pitch until June and since he is signed to a 1 year deal he might not do much for the Rangers. He has played 14 years for 4 different Major League teams (Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, California Angels, and Arizona Diamondbacks). His best year ERA wise is 2003 when he had a 3.80 ERA for Cleveland and Kansas City. His best year record wise is 1999 when he had an 8-2 record for Arizona.
Jose Diaz had a 9.13 ERA with a 2-2 record and 22 strike-outs in 18 games for the Royals’ AA Montgomery Biscuits as a reliever. He had a 0.00 ERA with a 0-0 record and 19 strike-outs in 8 games for the Indians’ AA Akron Aeros. He also had a 3.89 ERA with a 1-2 record and 44 strike-outs in 20 games for the Indians’ AAA Buffalo Bisons. For his career he has a 3.71 ERA and a 21-21 record with 340 strike-outs in 303.1 innings pitched. He started his career by signing with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
I think that Brian Anderson has a chance to play in the majors as a mid-season call-up if one of our pitchers is struggling. Jose Diaz I think will be a good addition to the RoughRiders or Redhawks for the season.