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Jul 22, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Corey Knebel against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Corey Knebel is a 23-year-old right-hander who was a sandwich first-round pick by the Detroit Tigers two years ago and will be going to his third organization in less than a year.

Knebel was part of the July 23 trade that also sent right-hander Jake Thompson to the Rangers for right-handed reliever Joakim Soria.

Prior to the deal, Knebel had spent a short time with Detroit, allowing 11 hits and seven runs—six earned—with 11 strikeouts in 8.2 innings over eight appearances in two stints with the club, May 24-June 11 and July 19-22.

At Double-A Erie to start last season, Knebel had a 1.20 ERA and 1.067 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 15 innings over 11 appearances, notching one save.

At Triple-A Toledo, he had a 1.96 ERA and 0.818 WHIP in 18.1 innings over 14 outings, striking out 20 and earning two saves.

At Triple-A Round Rock in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, he had a 3.75 ERA and 1.167 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 12 innings over nine appearances before he was shut down with elbow pain that did not require surgery.

Knebel was drafted in 2013 out of the University of Texas.

Diplan signed with the Rangers for $1.3 million an international free agent in July 2013 from the Dominican Republic and made 13 starts for Texas’ Rookie-level affiliate in the Dominican Summer League, going 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 1.057 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. The 36 walks were problematic, but allowing only 32 hits was a promising sign.

Sardinas will be 22 in May and played 43 games for the Rangers in 2014, hitting .261/.303/.313 with eight RBI in 125 plate appearances.

He started the season at Double-A Frisco, hitting .253/.278/.333 with nine RBI in 21 games. At Triple-A Round Rock, he hit .290/.310/.374 in 60 games, with a homer and 28 RBI.

With the Rangers, he started games at second base, shortstop and third base.

He was signed in 2009 at an international free agent from Venezuela.

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