ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Greg Reynolds from the Rockies for Minor League infielder Chad Tracy.
Reynolds was taken by the Rockies with the second overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford and has a career Major League record of 5-8 with a 7.47 ERA in 16 starts and 11 relief appearances.
He was once a top prospect for the Rockies before experiencing serious arm problems. He was selected ahead of Evan Longoria, Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw and was moving quickly through the Rockies' system until a shoulder injury in 2009 sidetracked his career. He pitched in one game that season and just 19 in 2010 while dealing with an elbow injury.
"This deal is about a change of scenery and fresh start for two guys that deserve it," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We've liked Greg in the past and are hoping the length of time that's passed since he got hurt in '09 will allow him to reach his potential, which was considerable at one point.
"With Chad, we'll be pulling for him to do well, too. You don't always root for the guys you trade to make you look bad, but this is one case where we won't mind if it plays out that way."
Reynolds pitched in 13 games for the Rockies this past season in five stints with them, going 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA in three starts and 10 relief appearances. The rest of the time he was at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he went 6-7 with a 6.81 ERA in 19 starts. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster at the end of the season.
Reynolds made 13 starts and one relief appearance for the Rockies in 2008 and was 2-8 with an 8.13 ERA. He is not on the Rangers' 40-man roster but could be a non-roster invite to Spring Training.
Tracy was a third-round pick for the Rangers in 2006 as a catcher out of Pepperdine University. A shoulder problem limited his ability to catch and he has been used in the outfield and at first base over the past three seasons. He played in 134 games at Triple-A Round Rock last year and hit .259 with 26 home runs and 109 RBIs. A right-handed hitter, he batted just .215 against left-handed pitching.