The Rangers have sent catcher Matt Treanor to Kansas City for cash considerations. The move opens the door for the Rangers to open the season with eight pitchers in the bullpen if they want.
General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers plan to open the season with eight relievers.
Treanor was drafted by the Royals originally and said he saw the move coming a couple of days ago and found out about it Sunday night.
"I always wanted to play for the Royals again," Treanor said. "Last year I was traded from Milwaukee to Texas with a week left. It's a little bit of a whirlwind. It's kind of crazy getting set up. When it comes down to it, it's about baseball."
Treanor, 35, was acquired just over a year ago in a March 22, 2010 trade with Milwaukee. He led the American League-champion Rangers in games caught last year and homered in the ALCS against New York. Last year, he established career highs for games (82), at-bats (237), runs (22), hits (50), homers (5), RBI (27), and walks (22).