Rangers deal for lefty starter Ross Detwiler

December 11, 2014

The Texas Rangers made a trade for a pitcher Thursday, acquiring left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for a pair of minor leaguers according to a source.

Detwiler will have a chance to win a rotation spot with Texas.

Detwiler, 28, was a 10-game winner for Washington in 2012 but has made just 13 starts in the last two seasons. He pitched exclusively in relief for the Nationals in 2014, posting a 4.00 ERA in 47 appearances. He threw 164 1/3 innings in 2012 but has thrown a combined 134 2/3 innings over the last two seasons.  His 2013 season was cut short by a back strain. 

Detwiler is 20-32 for his career with a 3.82 ERA, with 69 of his 132 career outings coming as a starter. 

With the Rangers Detwiler will join the competition for a spot at the back end of the Texas rotation that includes Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch. The three locks for the Texas rotation are Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis.