Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers this morning announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Nate Jones, international slot compensation, and cash considerations in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro. Jones goes from the White Sox’ 60-day injured list to the Rangers’ 60-day injured list, where he is expected to stay for the remainder of the season.
Jones, 33, posted a 3.48 ERA (4 ER/10.1 IP) over 13 relief appearances for the White Sox this season before he was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 27. He had surgery to repair a flexor mass tear in his right forearm on May 13 after being transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 6.
Jones has compiled a 22-13 record and 3.12 ERA over 284 relief appearances in his Major League career from 2012-19, all with the White Sox. He has averaged 9.8 strikeouts per 9 innings in his big league career with a 1.219 WHIP figure. Jones set career bests with 71 appearances and a 2.29 ERA in 2016. He made his MLB debut on April 8, 2012 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Kentucky native was originally selected by Chicago-AL in the fifth round of the 2007 June draft out of Northern Kentucky University.
The 19-year-old Jarneski has gone 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA (3 ER/16.2 IP) over 10 relief appearances with the Arizona League Rangers this season. He was selected by Texas in the 12th round of the 2017 June Draft out of Hilo High School in Hawaii.
Castro, 22, has spent the entire campaign with the Dominican Summer League Rangers, going 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER/35.2 IP) over 9 games/7 starts.
Following these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with seven players on the 60-day injured list: LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Luke Farrell, LHP Taylor Hearn, RHP Nate Jones, LHP Yohander Méndez, LHP Jeffrey Springs, and RHP Edinson Vólquez.
From Rangers PR staff reports