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Rays will see plenty of familiar faces in Texas this week

Nick Solak and Ian Gibaut were traded west in July, joining some other former Rays minor- and major-leaguers.
Texas Rangers' Nick Solak bats during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. The Rangers won 10-4.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) [NICK WASS  |  AP]
Texas Rangers' Nick Solak bats during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. The Rangers won 10-4.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) [NICK WASS | AP]
Published Sep. 10, 2019

ARLINGTON, Texas - There will certainly be some familiar faces among the Rangers this week as they have five players who are former Rays major- or minor-leaguers, including two traded in July:

Reliever Ian Gibaut made his big-league debut with the Rays in July, then was traded to the Rangers a few weeks later.

Infielder Nick Solak was playing at Triple-A Durham in July when he was traded to Texas for reliever Pete Fairbanks, and made a smashing debut for Texas Aug. 20.


Starter Brock Burke, who also debuted Aug. 20, was the Rays 2018 minor-league pitcher of the year and traded with Kyle Bird in a three-team December deal that netted the Rays Emilio Pagan from Oakland. (Bird made the opening day roster and pitched in 12 games but was sent to Triple-A Aug. 3.)

Reliever Taylor Guerrieri was a Rays 2011 first-round pick who debuted with Toronto last year and signed with Texas this year.

Infielder Logan Forsythe played 2014-16 with the Rays and was traded to the Dodgers, then to the Twins and signed with Rangers.


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