The Rangers de Texas sign veteran right-handed reliever Ian Kennedy to a contract Minor League with an invitation to spring trainingaccording to MLB Network journalist Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The Boras Corporation customer can earn up to $ 2.15 million if he is part of the team, in addition to more performance incentives, according to MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).
Kennedy is coming off a five-year career with the Royals that included a full-time transition to the bullpen in 2019. After more than nine seasons of working in the rotation for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Padres and Royals, Kennedy became Kansas City as a full-time closer in 2019, pitching 63 1/3 innings in 63 appearances (30 saves) with a 3.41 / 2.99 FIP ERA, 44.4 percent groundout rate, 27.4 percent strikeouts and 6.4 percent walks. All three rate metrics rank above average.
Unfortunately, Kennedy struggled to find his footing in 2020, posting a 9.00 / 8.83 FIP ERA in 14 innings. He suffered a left calf strain that ended his season before September.
If he’s healthy, he’ll have a real shot at making a Rangers bullpen that has few things for sure beyond closer Jose Leclerc. Even entering his 36-year season, Kennedy represents a pretty positive signing for Texas considering his considerable résumé. Kennedy owns a 4.13 / 4.25 FIP ERA in 1,781 1/3 innings in the majors.
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