Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher John Gaub on a waiver claim from the Tampa Bay Rays. Gaub goes on the Rangers 40-man roster and has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
Gaub, 27, was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Monday. He was acquired by the Rays in an April 5 waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs. Gaub has spent this season in the bullpen with Triple-A Durham, going 0-1 with one save and a 4.32 ERA (8 ER/16.2 IP) over 16 relief appearances.
Originally a 21st round pick (641st overall) by the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 June draft, Gaub was acquired by the Cubs, along with right-handed pitchers Chris Archer and Jeff Stevens, in exchange for infielder Mark DeRosa on Dec. 31, 2008. He made his major league debut with the Cubs on Sept. 12, 2011, and went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA (2 ER/2.2 IP) over 4 relief appearances in his only big league action to date. The left-hander has a career 12-13 record and 3.65 ERA (93 ER/229.1 IP) in 187 games/one start over 6 seasons in the minor leagues.
With this move, the Rangers have a full 40-man roster.