Aside from being part of Kansas City’s first World Series title since 1985, little went right for veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie last season. The Royals opted not to bring him back, so the soon-to-be 37-year-old Guthrie inked a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.
Following a respectable 13-11 record, 4.13 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 32 starts and 202.2 innings for the Royals in 2014, Guthrie logged a 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP to accompany an 8-8 record in 30 appearances (including 24 starts) last year. He did eclipse 200 innings in his first two full seasons in Kansas City.
The Rangers have left-hander Cole Hamels atop the rotation. Former All-Star Yu Darvish is expected back as early as mid-May after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The club re-signed Colby Lewis to a one-year deal this offseason. Injury-plagued left-handers Derek Holland and Martin Perez are projected to occupy the rotation. Guthrie will compete for a spot with Chi Chi Gonzalez and Nick Martinez.
Guthrie is 91-108 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over a 12-year Major League career with Cleveland, Baltimore, Colorado and Kansas City.