The Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton and Dillon Gee to minor league deals. As reported by Jon Heyman, Hamilton has the right to request his release on April 1 if he is not on the major league roster. If the former/current Ranger does make it to the majors before then, he’ll be making the league minimum. Gee put up a less than world shaking 4.68 ERA for Kansas City last season and is a low risk bet for Texas to keep in their farm system.
Here’s what else is going on around the American League West:
- Hisashi Iwakuma came into the 2016 season with his “New Year, New Me” face on. Did his efforts work?
- Seriously, Ian Desmond should not be playing first base.
- The Astros are having a lot of trouble in their farm system on multiple levels.
- Which Angles player is going to have a huge breakout 2017? (No, the answer isn’t Mike Trout...)
- The Athletics now have four closers in their bullpen because hoarding isn’t exclusive to a TLC TV series.
- Want to write for Lookout Landing? Well today is your lucky day!
- Mallex Smith was a Mariner for roughly twenty minutes, but when something is really right does time even matter? Love at first
sighttweet is real, people. Let’s remember Mallex’s finest moments in Seattle.
- Jake Diekman will miss half of the 2017 season, the Rangers have announced. The pitcher will undergo surgery to repair his ulcerative colitis. Speedy recovery!
- George Springer avoids arbitration with the Astros and signs a one-year, $3.9M deal.
- Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker have also settled with the Angels, thus dodging the dreaded Arbitration Beast.
- There’s still an itty bitty chance that Sonny Gray could end up in Houston.