Texas Rangers: Mike Minor Signed to Multi-Year Deal

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Mike Minor (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Mike Minor (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

As the Texas Rangers focus on Shohei Ohtani, it didn’t stop them from signing another pitcher. The Rangers added another weapon to their pitching staff, signing lefty Mike Minor to a multi-year contract. 

The details of the contract are yet to be released, but it’s known that Mike Minor has agreed to a multi-year deal, pending a physical. The Texas Rangers have not confirmed the deal yet.

Minor, a former Atlanta Braves top prospect, had success as a reliever for the Kansas City Royals last season. In 65 appearances, he posted a 2.55 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He also struck out 88 batters in 77.2 innings, an impressive 10.2 strikeouts-per-nine.

Minor dealt with shoulder issues that required surgery that kept him out of baseball during the 2015-2016 seasons. A solid season with Kansas City last year could suggest his shoulder issues are behind him.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Minor will be transitioned back into a starting role with the Rangers. Minor was in the Braves’ rotation from 2010-2014. His best year came in 2013, when he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 204 innings. In five years in Atlanta, he was 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA.

This deal with Minor could be a nice pick up for the Rangers. It does depend on how the rest of the off-season goes, with the big question being if the Rangers can land Shohei Ohtani. Minor will be transitioned to the rotation, but is open to being used as a reliever, which could be big come playoff time.

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This signing gives the Rangers flexibility with their pitching, along with a pitcher that strikes out batters, something the Rangers desperately lacked in 2017. Depending on what the price tag is, this could be another potential steal like the Doug Fister signing.