The Rangers added a catcher and a shortstop during the Triple-A portion Rule 5 draft. Both are natives of Venezuela. Scott Servais, the director of player development, said both are good make-up guys and will provide depth at Double-A Frisco.
The catcher: Elio Sarmiento was taken off San Francisco's Double-A roster for the princely sum of $12,000. He's 22 and hit .250 in 46 games at two Class-A stops last season.
The shortstop: Guilder Rodriguez was plucked from Milwaukee's Double-A roster. He's 25 and hit .246 in 72 games in 2008.
The big news for the Rangers is that Pedro Strop remains in the organization. A rumor had circulated late Wednesday that the Washington Nationals might be interested, but they weren't. In fact, no Rangers players were lost in the draft.
-- Jeff Wilson