Rangers Sign Veteran Southpaw Mike Minor To Three-Year Deal

Steve Nesius, Associated Press

The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday the signing of free agent left-hander Mike Minor to a three-year deal.

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Minor’s deal is worth $28 million.

Minor, who turns 30 later this month, spent 2017 as a full-time reliever for the Kansas City Royals, going 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 65 games.

After beginning his career with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-14 (all but one of his 111 appearances were starts), Minor missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to shoulder injuries.

Texas reportedly plans to use Minor as a starter in 2018. He joins Doug Fister as the second major addition to the Rangers’ rotation, joining Doug Fister who inked a one-year deal last Tuesday.

Overall in six Major League seasons, Minor is 44-42 with a 3.93 ERA. His best year was in 2013, when he went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts for Atlanta. His wins, starts, and ERA were all personal bests as a starter, as were his 204 2/3 innings pitched and 1.09 WHIP.