The Nationals formally announced the trade of Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers for two minor leaguers. The Rangers plan to use Detwiler, who would have become a free agent after the 2015 season, as a starter again.

Second baseman Chris Bostick, 21, hit .251/.322/.412 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI at high-Class A Myrtle Beach. The right-hander has some power but struck out 116 times in 130 games. Right-handed reliever Abel De Los Santos, 22, a Dominican Republic native, posted a combined 1.92 ERA in 56 1/3 innings across Class A Hickory and Myrtle Beach. He throws his fastball in the low to mid-90s, gives up few home runs and had a 10.4 K/9 ratio.

Neither minor leaguer is ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Rangers prospects or’s top 20. It’s hard to pry away mid-level prospects for a former mop-up duty reliever with one year left before free agency. But both sides accomplished something: Detwiler got a fresh start and the Nationals got something in return while clearing one spot on the 40-man roster and nearly $3 million in salary that could be used elsewhere or saved.