Texas Rangers: Five non-tendered free agents to ponder signing

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 29: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds its a home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 29: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds its a home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 25: Cory Gearrin #44 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Cory Gearrin

The Texas Rangers acquired reliever Cory Gearrin this past July. Gearrin pitched excellently for Texas, contributing a 2.51 ERA in 21 appearances. He proved the ability to throw strikes and avoid hard contact evidenced by his 0.891 WHIP and 5.5 H/9.

Despite pitching well, rebuild remained in the Rangers’ 2018 motto, so they shipped the 32-year-old to Oakland at the August 31st waiver wire. There, he did not pitch quite as well, but he only received six innings worth of opportunity.

Texas got a lot out of Gearrin in Round 1, so the question begs…could there be a Round 2? If at first you succeed, you should probably keep doing what’s working. This applies to both the Rangers and Gearrin. The combination worked well the first time, so why not try it again?

He would be cheap. The Rangers would get themselves a quality 7th inning reliever for next to nothing (MLB payment standards). Gearrin, on the other hand, would have himself job for 2019. Seems like a nice opportunity for both parties, wouldn’t you agree?

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