LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rule 5 Draft pick Logan Verrett was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon, a move that reduces the O's roster crunch but still leaves the organization searching for ways to avoid losing some of its pitching.
"[It's] not any easier at all," manager Buck Showalter said of the Orioles' chances of keeping their other Rule 5 Draft pick, Jason Garcia. "Doesn't change anything. You've done the math, right?"
And that math still doesn't add up in Baltimore's favor unless executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette can swing a trade. The O's liked Verrett, who posted a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings, but they think Garcia has more upside. Keeping one will be tough, keeping both would have taken some serious maneuvering and probably multiple deals.
"It's a real testament to not only the scouting but the work that was done with [Verrett] while he was here," Showalter said of the interest in the righty.
"It's a perfect situation for him because he lives in Texas."
The Orioles selected Verrett, 24, in the Rule 5 Draft from the Mets, and the pickup by Texas will be a homecoming for the Baylor graduate. He took to his Twitter account to thank the O's and tweet, "Headed back to Texas, couldn't be happier! #Rangers."
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