Texas Rangers: Smart Move Signing Brandon Cumpton?

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Brandon Cumpton
BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Brandon Cumpton /

The Texas Rangers have brought in several pitchers in the past 48 hours. Their commitment to rebuilding the pitching rotation has gone up another ten levels. By now, it’s safe to say they’re taking this situation more than just seriously.

Yesterday, the Texas Rangers signed Brandon Cumpton to a minor-league contract. According to Evan Grant, the Rangers plan on having him compete for a spot in the starting rotation during Spring Training.

Cumpton, 29, has not pitched in the majors since 2014. He missed the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. He went to miss the entire 2016 season due to nagging shoulder injuries. He spent the 2017 season in the minors. He’s 5-5 in his career in the majors with a 4.02 ERA.

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As far as things go whether this signing is smart or not, to be honest, it remains to be seen. In other words, we’ll have to wait and see. The first step is to observe his progress during Spring Training.

Obviously, his medical history is against him and many fans aren’t comfortable with the signing because of his history of injuries. However, as we know, the Rangers have a history of bringing in struggling players. Arlington is the land of opportunity for baseball players who have a history of struggling as well as problems staying healthy. The Rangers are all about giving hard-working players a golden opportunity to get their career on the right track.

Cumpton is a player Jeff Banister should be very familiar with. Cumpton was a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During that time, Banister was the bench coach for the Pirates. So in Banister’s case, it’s good for him to have a familiar face around.

Pitchers report to Spring Training in less than 40 days. Cumpton’s journey to returning to the majors is set to begin. He must make the most of his opportunity.