The Texas Rangers and free agent RHP Kyle Gibson agreed on a 3 year, $30M on Wednesday, Nov. 7, pending a physical. The former Minnesota Twin figures to work into the Ranger rotation that includes two top-8 Cy Young Award candidates in Lance Lynn and Mike Minor.
Gibson won 13 games for Minnesota in 2019, ending the season with a 4.84 ERA. His 9 K/9 was a shade better than Rangers All-Star Mike Minor, while his swinging strike ratio was better than both Minor and (briefly) former Twin teammate Lance Lynn.
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This signing could be compared to that of Lynn. Both pitchers finished the seasons prior to signing with Texas in the neighborhood of a 4.80 ERA. Both pitchers finished around 9 K/9, a career-high average for Gibson. Lynn hadn’t reached 9 K/9 since the 2011 season with St. Louis. Along with these numbers, identical contracts were offered. We can only hope that Gibson shows the improvement of Lynn to do his part in bolstering a struggling pitching staff, outside of Co-aces Lynn and Mike Minor.
Gibson projects to be in the 3rd spot in the rotation, barring further free agency moves or trades. The 32-year-old Gibson is a 7-year veteran and would be as solid a pitcher as you may find holding down the #4 or #5 spot in a rotation. His 4.84 ERA came in a bit higher than his 2018 average, but still an improvement to the previous two years when he averaged more than 5 runs per 9 innings.
Expect the Texas Rangers to be active this winter, possibly adding more arms to the pitching staff. For more on MLB Free Agency rumors and transactions, follow along at Overtime Heroics!
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