The Texas Rangers bring in another pitcher. This time it is Mike Minor. Minor is a former member of the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals. He’s the seventh overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
Ken Rosenthal announced the signing via Twitter last night. The terms of the contract are not yet known since the deal is pending a physical. The results of the physical have yet to be announced. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Texas Rangers plan to use him in the starting rotation. That means Minor will be at Spring Training.
Minor, 29, missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to nagging shoulder injuries. He spent this past season as a reliever, pitching 77 innings, going 6-6, earning six saves and 17 holds. He finished with a 2.55 ERA. So is this signing a good or bad move?
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For now, this move is considered to be okay. For it to be good or bad remains to be seen. We’ll have to wait and see how things play out for Minor. He’s now the second pitcher signed by Texas that has a chance to be a starting pitcher.
As we know, Minor has a desire to again be a starting pitcher. Despite his decent season as a reliever in 2017, it’s unknown if he’s back in full form. Obviously, he’ll never be the same pitcher he was before, but that doesn’t mean he can’t excel as a starter again. The Rangers won’t hand him a starting role but will, instead, hand him an opportunity to earn a starting role. That’s the right way to do things.
The biggest concern on this signing is Minor’s health. As well as his durability. As far as durability goes, that’s something the Rangers will keep a close eye on during Spring Training.