By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Rays designated Gamoba for assignment on Tuesday when they signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
The 32-year-old went 0-2 with a 1.35 ERA (2 ER/13.1 IP) over seven relief appearances with Tampa Bay in 2016, which was the first big league action of his career. Gamboa spent the rest of his season with Triple-A Durham where he went 6-4 with a 268 ERA (28 ER/94.0 IP) over 27 games and 12 starts. Gamboa signed with the Rays in January.
Gamboa (pronounced gam-BOH-uh), 32, went 0-2 with a 1.35 ERA (2 ER/13.1 IP) over 7 relief appearances with the Rays in 2016, his first major league action. The right-hander spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Durham, going 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA (28 ER/94.0 IP) over 27 games/12 starts after signing with the Rays as a minor league free agent on January 19, 2016.
The University of California-Davis product was drafted in the 21st round of the 2008 draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He has a connection to those Orioles with Texas as James Keller is a current Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Texas now has 33 pitchers on their roster. The move comes on the same day that 37-year-old Colby Lewis announced his intentions to not return to the Rangers and also Jake Diekman being placed on the 60-day disabled list.