The Texas Rangers have acquired 33-year old lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named later. Gonzalez pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has now pitched in 380 games (0 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 17-21 with 56 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Gonzalez has only given up 277 hits in his first 351 2/3 innings in the majors while whiffing 407 batters, which is outstanding. He has walked 161 batters though, so he does have control issues at times. Still, Gonzalez should team with Darren Oliver to give the Rangers a couple of nasty relievers from the left side in September.
UPDATE: The Rangers will send 26-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop to the Orioles to complete this deal. Strop pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Rangers and he was 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. The Rangers have a lot of relievers that they like better than Strop, so they like this deal from their end of it.