The Texas Rangers Claim RHP Nick Mears

The Texas Rangers announced on Friday afternoon that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Nick Mears from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates designated the 26-year-old Mears for assignment when they acquired Connor Joe in a trade on Sunday.

Mears was originally a non-drafted free agent signing, who rocketed through the minors. He made his debut with the Pirates in 2020, after throwing 50.2 innings during the 2018-19 seasons. He struggled a bit as a rookie in 2021, posting a 5.01 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 23.1 innings over 30 games.

Mears started 2022 on the injured list, then had a setback during his rehab time. His season was limited to 32 innings total, including two scoreless appearances with the Pirates.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Don’t know why the Pirates wouldn’t try to trade Mears. He didn’t make it far through the waivers system. Texas has a high waiver claim.

Mears has great spin rate, analytics, MLB experience and good K numbers so I’m sure he could’ve been traded. Pirates were trying to sneak him through and I could have told u no way he would’ve made it.

Should’ve been able to get something for Mears. Atleast a Low A ball flier.


Another player escaping the pirates and as a pitcher bound to have a successful career.


I’m for any of these guys to make it and as far as baseball goes these guys spend many years of their lives in pursuit of that dream. I really hope any of them can make it or at least get the ‘insurance guarantee’! I’m a ‘leftist’ fuck the owners lol.


Yet another stupid move by the worst GM in the league. Unreal.


Exactly, not sure how Chris Young still has a job; the guy is great at flushing money down the turlet.

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I might be missing some here but here are the guys we have DFA’d so far this off-season
Castillo- traded to Arizona
Mears- claimed by Texas
Lewin Diaz- claimed
Hoy park- traded to Boston
Junior Fernandez- claimed by NYY
Ali Sanchez- claimed

Between some of these DFA decisions and the MILB portion of the rule 5 draft I’m starting to wonder about some of our roster decisions. Add to the fact that our biggest FA additions are a 37 year old who struggles to hit over .200, a pitcher who struggles to keep his ERA below 5 and a catcher who is THE worst hitter in all of baseball and I feel this has been a pretty underwhelming offseason!


All it tells you is that other teams are doing the EXACT same thing that fans constantly bitch about here. Fill spots until, something better comes along. These types of players get DFA’d 2 and 3 times in an offseason a lot of the time. Hoy Park was already Claimed and then Traded, Sanchez has been claimed and DFA’d again. Castillo has been traded for someone whom doesn’t take up a roster spot and plays a position of need……..Literally everything we’ve done so far this offseason makes perfect sense


And……The Dbacks just DFAd Sanchez……….


I forgot we even traded Park. Who did we get back?


he was already traded again


Inmer Lobo a young pitcher.


Park has since been DFAd along with Fernandez. Diaz is on his 2nd team (at least) since us. With Atlanta for the moment. In my opinion, not one of the guys on your list or the guys lost in the AAA rule 5 look anything remotely like a difference maker.


I know it’s a good sign that our system is getting stronger with all of these guys we DFA getting claimed or traded for but is this a case of the Pirates not doing a good job evaluating our own players? Every player we put on waivers is pretty much a sure thing to get claimed or traded for. I still think Castillo will go on to have a pretty good MLB career


What in tarnation would make you think that Castillo will go on to have a “pretty good MLB career”?

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