Barnette made 22 appearances with the Rangers last season before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. He was having a stellar season, posting a 2.39 ERA, a 0.911 WHIP and a 2-0 record.
He’ll turn 35 years old in two days, and coming off an injury, his market shouldn’t be too significant. Thus, the Rangers could sign Barnette for cheap. All Tony Barnette knows is Texas. He was signed out of Japan by the Rangers in 2016 and has spent all three of his MLB seasons here.
Just as the team could use Diekman in the bullpen, they could also use a reliable right-hander like Barnette. Who knows when Matt Bush will get back to full strength? In addition, it’s tough to put great faith in Chris Martin or Eddie Butler, and it’s unknown when the Rangers will dive into their list of prospects to contribute to the pen.
Taking a flyer on Tony Barnette seems like a wise choice this offseason.