Spruill signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Spruill is looking to revive his major-league career after spending the past two seasons pitching in Korea and Taiwan, respectively. He last pitched in the majors in 2014, when he compiled a 3.57 ERA across 22.2 innings with the Diamondbacks. He worked primarily as a starter abroad -- posting a 2.56 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 26 starts (172.1 innings) with the Lamigo Monkeys last season -- though it's unclear what plans the Rangers have for him.
Red Sox pitcher Zeke Spruill, who was designated for assignment Friday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
The Red Sox announced several cuts from major-league camp Thursday, included in the group were top pitching prospect Henry Owens and infielder/outfielder Garin Cecchini. Owens, who is considered the Red Sox's second-best prospect by Baseball America, was reassigned to minor-league camp. Cecchini, who is considered the Red Sox's 10th-best prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said Cecchini will play third base, first base and left field at Pawtucket. The Red Sox also optioned outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Heath Hembree and pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A, while pitcher Mitchell Boggs was released.
The Diamondbacks and Red Sox completed two trades Friday night, with one featuring pitcher Zeke Spruill heading to Boston in exchange for pitcher Myles Smith. Spruill came to the Diamondbacks from Atlanta in the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Braves. The pitcher made six appearances, including one start, with the Diamondbacks in 2014, going 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA and 14:4 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He also posted a 6.04 ERA and 71:21 K:BB ratio in 79 innings with Triple-A Reno. Smith was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by the Red Sox. He went 5-10 with a 5.82 ERA and 73:62 K:BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings with Class A Greenville in 2014.
The Diamondbacks have designated right-hander Zeke Spruill for assignment in a move that allowed the team to add newly signed Yosmany Tomas. Spruill struggled last season to the tune of a 6.04 ERA at the Triple-A level.
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