The Texas Rangers pulled the ripcord Thursday on reliever Mike Hauschild, designating the right-hander for assignment.
They purchased the contract of right-hander Anthony Bass from Triple A Round Rock, and he replaced Hauschild on the 25-man roster before Thursday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals.
Bass is no stranger to the Rangers. He worked as a long man for the Rangers in 2015 and he’ll assume a similar role.
Hauschild’s future isn’t as simple as a typical DFA situation.
He joined the Rangers in December after they selected him in the Rule 5 draft from the Houston Astros. Players taken in the Rule 5 draft have to be on the selecting club’s 25-man roster the entire season (if not injured).
If not, he must be placed on waivers, making him available to any club with interest in his services.
If no club picks him up and he passes through unclaimed waivers he is then sent back to the Astros, who can reclaim control of him for $50,000 (half the original $100,000 price tag paid by the Rangers).
The Astros can refuse Hauschild and keep the $100,000. If so, Hauschild becomes a normal member of the Rangers’ organization and he would be outrighted to the minors like any other player. Other options include a trade being worked out between the two clubs.
Hauschild, like all Rule 5 eligible players, hadn’t made his major league debut until this season with the Rangers. He struggled in eight innings of relief, allowing 10 earned runs on 14 hits, including five homers. Three of those came Wednesday in Oakland.
“After Wednesday’s game it was apparent we were going to need a pitcher and that’s why we had Anthony in Triple A,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He’s a guy we’re familiar with who has pitched in this type of role before.”