SAN DIEGO -- As the Texas Rangers front office was boarding a plane to head back to Dallas from the winter meetings, the club finalized a deal with the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon, sending two minor leaguers for left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler, according to multiple sources.
The Rangers won't announce the deal until the minor leaguers have been informed they were traded.
Update: The Rangers announced Friday morning they have traded infielder Chris Bostick and right-handed pitcher Abel De Los Santos for Detwiler. Bostick played in 130 games for High-A Myrtle Beach last season hitting .251 with 11 homers and 62 RBI. Bostick was acquired form Oakland in a three-player deal last December. De Los Santos had a 1.92 ERA with eight saves in 41 relief appearances for Class-A Hickory and Myrtle Beach. He was a non-drafted free agent signee.
Detwiler went 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA in seven seasons for the Nationals and started 40 games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Last season, he pitched in 47 games as a relief pitcher, compiling a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings with a WHIP of 1.413 and a 1.86 strikeout/walk ratio.
The Rangers plan on giving Detwiler an opportunity to earn a spot on the starting rotation. As it stands, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis are in the rotation with the club trying to add a veteran starter and promote one of their minor league prospects to fill out the staff.
With the signing, the Rangers currently have filled the 40-man roster, but GM Jon Daniels said before the trade he plans on adding a right-handed reliever early next week.