The Texas Rangers and relief pitcher Mike Minor have agreed to a multi-year deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The terms are not known yet and the deal is pending a physical.
Minor, who will be 30 on opening day, served as the Kansas City Royals' go-to reliever in the bullpen this past season. Minor had not played since 2014 due to shoulder problems. The former first rounder had pitched with the Atlanta Braves for five seasons, before injuries jeopardized his career.
The Rangers will likely utilize Minor in the starting rotation, even though Minor had strong numbers in the bullpen. The Rangers have been active on the pitchers' market early in the offseason, as they most recently picked up veteran starter Doug Fister. Like Fister, Minor's season in 2017 helped rebound his career.
In 2017, the left-hander had a 2.55 ERA in 65 relief appearances. Minor was 6-6 on the season, and struck out 88 batters in 77.2 innings. He also had a 2.62 FIP.
The Texas Rangers and veteran right hander Doug Fister have agreed to terms, pending a physical, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. The deal is a one-year deal, worth $4 million, and can escalate to $7 million, due to incentives, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The deal also includes a team option for the 2019 season.
Fister, 33, spent his 2017 season playing with the Boston Red Sox. Fister was claimed off waivers in the middle of the season by Boston, and helped surge them to win the American League East Division. Fister pitched 90 1/3 innings and had a 4.88 ERA.
Fister will help the Rangers solve their starting pitching needs. The Rangers seem to lack durable starters, after Yu Darvish was traded to the Dodgers and Andrew Cashner hit the free agency market. Fister will pitch alongside veteran Cole Hamels and Martin Perez with the Rangers, as they look to overtake the reigning world champion, Houston Astros, in the AL West division.
Fister has played with the Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros over a span of nine seasons. He owns a record of 82-85, and a 3.68 ERA in the big leagues.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired all-star ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Dodgers will send infielder Willie Calhoun, plus more to the Rangers.
The Dodgers have been in the mix to acquire Darvish for a while. With the addition of Darvish, the Dodgers arguably have the best rotation in baseball which features all-stars Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw. Darvish is a free agent at the season's end, and will most likely opt into the open market.
Darvish, 30, has been lights out mostly all season, except for last week when he allowed 10 earned runs against the Marlins. He picked up his four all-star nod this year since joining the league from Japan in 2012. He is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA this season in 22 starts. He also is fourth amongst American League starters for the most strikeouts this season with 148.
Calhoun, 22, is ranked as the Dodgers' #4 prospect according to MLB.com. He has played all year in AAA and has put up big time numbers. He has hit 23 HRs and 67 RBIs with a batting average of .298 in 373 at-bats. Calhoun is big league ready but sending him to Texas is a questionable move, because the positions he plays in the infield are currently occupied by Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, and Rougned Odor at the big league level.
The Rangers will also receive prospects AJ Alexy and Brendon Davis.
The Colorado Rockies have acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The Rockies have been looking for catching help for a while now. Acquiring Lucroy solves their issue. Lucroy is a better catcher offensively than their current catchers, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Wolters.
The Rockies find themselves 60-45 this evening and hold possession of a wildcard spot. They have a six game lead over the Chicago Cubs. Barring any last minute shenanigans, the Rockies have a solid chance to reach the postseason. Adding Lucroy will only put them in a positive direction.
Lucroy, 31, has only played for the Rangers since they acquired him last year at the trade deadline. With the Rangers in sell mode, packaging Lucroy to Denver is a smart move, since he is a free agent after the season. Lucroy this year is batting .242 with 4 HRs and 27 RBIs.
This week in baseball featured a lot of news. This past extended weekend featured a lot of Memorial Day festivities to honor the men and women who have risked their lives to protect the citizens of the United States of America.
Here is a recap of what happened this week:
Angels' superstar outfielder Mike Trout, is expected to miss 6-8 weeks of baseball action, due to a torn thumb ligament. He had surgery on Wednesday (5/31). He injured his thumb, when he was sliding into second base on Sunday.
Former Republican Presidential Candidate and the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the running to purchase the Miami Marlins. Bush was expected to be the control person of the group of investors trying to purchase the team.
Nationals' OF Bryce Harper and Giants' RHP Hunter Strickland were the leaders of a brawl, which broke out between the two teams. Strickland threw a 98 MPH fastball at Harper's hip. Harper charged the mound, leading to several punches between the duo. Harper was originally suspended 4 games for his actions, but the suspension was reduced to 3 games, while Strickland was suspended for 6 games.
The Cardinals decided to release veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton. The 33-year-old righty struggled, a lot early, as he posted a 6.89 ERA in just 15.2 innings.
The Rangers also cut one their former star relievers. They decided on Thursday to designate RHP Sam Dyson for assignment. Their intent is to trade the former closer. Dyson struggled early on, as he has allowed 20 earned runs and 31 hits in 16.2 innings. Dyson owns an ERA of 10.80.
The Texas Rangers and second baseman Rougned Odor have agreed to a six-year extension worth $49.5 million. Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News was first to report both sides were nearing a deal and FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman was first to report how much Odor would be receiving.
Odor is still very young at only 23 years of age. The three season veteran has become one of the best second baseman in the majors after his terrific 2016 season, which he hit 33 home runs and collected 88 RBIs in 605 at bats with a slash line of .271/.296/.502. Odor made his major league debut at 20 years old.
The native of Venezuela was expected to become a free agent after the 2021 season and he was set to become arbitration eligible in 2018.
Odor became well known after his incident with Blue Jays' star slugger Jose Bautista. After Bautista roughly sled into second base, a quick brawl had broken out between the two and led to "the punch heard around the world."