With just four days remaining until Opening Day, clubs are making final adjustments to their 25-man rosters, which for some teams means making a decision about their Rule 5 Draft picks from December. The Texas Rangers found themselves on the returning and receiving ends in this regard with a pair of Rule 5 players Wednesday afternoon.
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The Rangers opted to part way with right-hander Coty Woods -- sending him back to the Colorado Rockies -- and have also received first baseman Chris McGuiness back from the Cleveland Indians, the team has announced.
Woods, 25, pitched well for the Rangers this spring, posting a 2.61 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 10⅓ innings. The club tried to work out a trade with the Rockies so that they could retain his rights and stash him in the minors, but were unable to work out a deal. With Woods' return to Colorado, the Rangers now have 39 players on their roster, giving them one open spot.
McGuiness, 24, was being considered as a DH option for the Indians, but his poor spring put a halt to those plans. The lefty slugger appeared in 24 games for the Tribe this spring, but hit just .194/.267/.244 with no home runs in 45 plate appearances.
The young first baseman put up much better numbers in 2012, mashing 23 home runs on his way to a .268/.366/.474 line in 123 games at the Rangers' Double-A affiliate. McGuiness carried his strong year into the Arizona Fall League, where he was named the league's MVP.
McGuiness will likely start the year in Triple-A for the Rangers.