Rangers acquire Leicester from Cubs

Rangers acquire Leicester from Cubs

The Rangers continue to search high and low for pitching help. On Wednesday, they acquired right-hander Jon Leicester from the Cubs organization in a low-risk deal that they hope will eventually produce a significant reward.

Texas will give up a player to be named or cash for the 26-year-old Leicester.

"We are excited to add Jon to our organization," Rangers' general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is a player that has interested us in the past and gives us a quality option to help our Major League club."

Leicester has spent his entire six-year pro career with the Cubs organization since being drafted by Chicago in the 11th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

Leicester split the 2005 season between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa. He made the Cubs' Opening Day roster and went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in six games (one start) over four stints with the Major League club.

Overall, Leicester has gone 5-3 with a 4.80 ERA in 38 Major League games. With the addition of Leicester, the Rangers have 32 players on their 40-man roster.

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.