Texas Rangers: Handing Out the Mid-Season Awards
By Kenneth Nash
Best Offseason Acquisition: Mike Minor
Mike Minor was the pickup of the winter for the Texas Rangers this past year. The 30-year old lefty was left looking for a squad after becoming a free agent from the Kansas City Royals. Looking for a chance to get back into the starting rotation, Minor says that Texas was one of the few clubs willing to give him that opportunity.
The Rangers inked Minor to a 3 year/$28 million deal that was low risk and high reward. Minor has not set the world on fire this season but his stats have gotten markedly better of late and he’s avoided injury. Through 18 starts, he’s 6-6 with a 4.89 ERA and 99.1 innings pitched. Impressive for a pitcher who is coming off major injuries and has thrown just 77 innings since 2014.
This contract could continue to look more and more like a steal if Minor continues to improve throughout the second half. He can solidify himself as a middle rotation starter in Arlington for the next two seasons which is as good as the Rangers could’ve hoped.