According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Rangers are looking to deal Derek Holland in the offseason. The 30-year old has officially played his last game in a Rangers uniform (for now).
The homegrown southpaw won’t be having his option picked up by Texas, but has an $11m club option and a $1.5m buyout. Holland had a rough 2016 to say the least. His finally numbers came to the tune of a 4.96 ERA over 107 1⁄3 innings and a 5.6 K/9 rate. While may clubs are reportedly interested, it’s unclear what clubs they are.
Here’s more of what’s going on in the American League West:
The Angels have claimed Abel De Los Santos off of waivers from the Reds. The 23-year old right hander has acquired a 3.31 ERA in 7 seasons in the minors. De Los Santos has a fastball that hovers around the 89-94 range and is still working out some control issues.
James Paxton had a good year, this we know. The Mariners had their share of beaten up starters, and Paxton was there when he needed to be. But how did this transformation happen?
“Did it start well? Not at all. A subpar spring left him as the odd man out in a competition for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, resulting in a two-month stay at Triple-A Tacoma to start the year. His performance with the Rainiers was okay, at best: 50.2 IP, 4.06 FIP, 3.53 K/BB, and an inability to consistently work deep into games. And it’s not as if the results started out poor and got better as the year went along; in two of his final three starts he surrendered a combined 11 earned runs on 13 hits in in 9.2 innings.”
It was announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will be this year’s cover for MLB the Show 17.
What are the key elements Oakland needs to work on during the offseason? Hint: getting people healthy.
However, they are pretty quick with their comebacks. For example, this random Twitter feud with quasi relevant band, Smash Mouth.
New voices will be coming to the broadcast booth for the Astros. Alan Ashby will not be returning to the booth next season, a decision made by Astros business operations president, Ryan Reid.