Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced this evening that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (pronounced ran-AW-doh) from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr.
Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP) in 7 games/starts for Boston. He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA (40 ER/138.0 IP) in 24 games/starts. He was named International League Most Valuable Pitcher last year after leading the league in wins, ERA, opponents average (.223), and winning percentage (.778). The 14 wins were also tied for 3rd-most among all minor league pitchers. He was also the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2013. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, Ranaudo has a 3.46 ERA while averaging 7.8 strikeouts per 9 innings and just 0.7 homers per 9 innings.
The 6-foot-7 right-hander was selected by Boston in the supplemental first round (39th overall) of the 2010 June draft out of Louisiana State University. He earned the win for LSU in the clinching game of the 2009 College World Series. He was also drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round of the 2007 June draft out of St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey, but did not sign.
Ross Jr. was a member of the Rangers Opening Day rotation last season and finished the year in the bullpen. He has seen action with Texas in each of the last three seasons, going 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA over 150 games/12 starts in his major league career. Ross Jr. was originally selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2008 June draft.
With this trade, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.