Chances are, Lisalverto Bonilla never amounts to much as a big-league pitcher, but if he does, he'll be one of the good ones that got away from the Texas Rangers as the 25-year-old pitcher was claimed off waivers on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bonilla, who was acquired by Texas following the 2012 season for Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies, got his first shot with the Rangers in their god-awful 2014 season when they were throwing everyone and their mother out for a cup of coffee in September.
Bonilla pitched in five games for Texas, making three starts, and posted a respectable 3.05 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 12 walks in 20 2/3 innings of work. He was competing for a spot on the big-league roster coming out of spring training this year but was shut down and ended up needing Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers acquired him on Wednesday and immediately stuck him on the 60-day disabled list since he's not expected to be ready to return until midseason 2016, but it'll be interesting to keep tabs on him and see how he does with the Dodgers.