The Texas Rangers made a flurry of roster moves Thursday to revamp their 40-man roster and protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft.
Texas added catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Luke Jackson, infielder Hanser Alberto and right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff to the 40-man roster.
To make space for the four players the Rangers traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash. Texas also designated outfielder/first baseman Jim Adduci for assignment.
Texas also put right-hander Miles Mikolas and lefty Aaron Poreda on release waivers. Both of the pitchers are expected to play in Japan next year with the Rangers getting cash in return.
Alfaro and Jackson were locks to be added to the big-league roster. Alfaro, 21, is the top catching prospect in the organization. Jackson excelled for Double-A Frisco in 2014 before getting promoted to Frisco.
Eickhoff led all Texas minor leaguers with 144 strikeouts in 2014 and went 10-9 for Frisco. Alberto was tabbed a minor league Gold Glove winner and batted .273 between Class A Myrtle Beach and Frisco.
Robertson helped the Rangers after being picked up from San Diego in an April trade and making his major-league debut. He hit .271 in 70 games but didn't figure in the outfield mix as the Rangers will likely go with Shin-Soo Choo in right, Leonys Martin in center and have several candidates for left field.