Texas Rangers: Could Jake Peavy Be A Fit in Arlington?
By Andrew Webb
It’s been a quiet off-season thus far, but the Texas Rangers have made significant additions to their starting rotation. Could former Padres ace Jake Peavy be another pitcher worth adding this off-season?
The Texas Rangers front office went low-cost and short-term deals this off-season. Texas signed quite a few players looking for bounce back seasons. If the Rangers are looking for another rebound story then Jake Peavy is the guy for them.
The last time Peavy pitched in the Major Leagues was 2016 with the San Francisco Giants. He went 5-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 31 games (21 starts), and finished with a -0.9 WAR. Does he really have anything left in the tank?
This off-season, the Rangers brought in veteran Doug Fister, who hasn’t posted an ERA under 4 in three seasons. They signed lefty reliever Mike Minor, but they plan to have him start and he hasn’t done that since 2014. They also acquired lefty Matt Moore who is coming off his worst season of his career.
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It’s clear the theme is acquiring low-cost veterans and being hopeful that they can bounce back. It’s possible that one does, but all three pitching well in the rotation is unlikely. The Rangers are going to need more depth if they plan to compete in 2017.
Adding a pitcher like Jake Peavy is the perfect guy to take a chance on. He’s a three-time All-Star, and has won over 150 games in his career. Peavy is a two-time World Series champion and knows what it takes to win a championship.
Let’s be honest here, Peavy isn’t going to come in after sitting out a year and lead the league in ERA. He’s 36 years old and just wants a chance to keep playing baseball. He’s going to be a cheap one-year deal for any team.
Looking at who the Rangers already signed, Peavy would be the best pitcher they’ve added all off-season. He’s not the same pitcher he once was, but a Spring Training invite doesn’t hurt the Rangers. Give Peavy a chance, and let’s see what he has left in the tank.