Texas Rangers transactions: Jesse Biddle, a lefthanded relief pitcher, has been claimed on waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced today. To make room on the 40 man roster for Biddle, the Rangers have transferred Jeffrey Springs from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list.
Biddle, 27, was a first round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. He was traded by the Phillies to the Pirates in 2016 for Yoervis Medina, claimed on waivers by the Atlanta Braves in March, 2016, and then was sent to the Mariners along with Arodys Vizcaino (who is out for the year) in exchange for Anthony Swarzak and cash in what was essentially a money-neutral struggling reliever for struggling reliever deal.
Biddle had a solid rookie campaign for Atlanta in 2018, putting up a 3.11 ERA and a 3.88 FIP in 63.2 IP over 60 appearances, but has been awful in 2019, with a 7.54 ERA and a 5.61 FIP in 22.2 IP.