LHP Scott Barnes Claimed on Waivers by Toronto

RHP Ben Rowen clears release waivers and becomes a free agent

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers today announced that left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes has been claimed on outright waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition, right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen has cleared unconditional release waivers and becomes a free agent.

Barnes and Rowen were both designated for assignment on December 16.

Barnes was received from the Baltimore Orioles in a December 8 waiver claim. He was previously designated for assignment by Cleveland on November 23 before being traded to Baltimore in exchange for cash considerations on November 26. Barnes went 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 25 games/one start for Triple-A Columbus in 2014.

Rowen made his major league debut with 8 relief outings for Texas in 2014, allowing 4 runs in 8.2 innings during his lone big league stint from June 11-July 3. He spent the duration of the year with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA (18 ER/47.0 IP) in 34 relief appearances.

The Rangers have a full 40-man roster.