Ending speculation of who the Rangers could be sending, other than low-A catcher Marcus Greene, to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Will Venable, it was reported on Thursday by local media that the player to be named later in the deal was relief pitcher Jon Edwards, who is currently pitching in Round Rock.
Edwards' story is a great one. He was discovered pitching in the independent Pecos League in Alpine, with other stops including San Angelo, and signed by the Rangers before eventually working his way up to Arlington a couple of different times.
In his time with the big club, he struggled to the tune of a 6.00 ERA in 11 games (six innings of work) after posting a 4.32 ERA in 8 1/3 innings in 2014. Edwards has been superb in the minors though, and the Keller High School graduate can now look to a change of scenery and a move to a pitcher's park in San Diego to get his big-league career jump-started.
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Edwards is now on waivers, and if he's claimed by the Padres, or goes unclaimed, he can join the Padres immediately. If another team claims him, he would be pulled back by the Rangers and sent to San Diego at the conclusion of this season. Either way, his future is in San Diego.