Texas Rangers Reach Agreement With Jeremy Guthrie On Minor League Deal

Jeremy GuthrieAside 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.

About the Author

Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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