Rangers To Signal Ian Kennedy To Minors Deal
By TC Zencka | February 22, 2021 at 10:37am CDTThe Rangers will signal reliever Ian Kennedy to a minor league contract with an invite to spring coaching, per MLB Community’s Jon Heyman (by way of Twitter). The Boras Company shopper can earn as much as $2.15MM via efficiency incentives, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (by way of Twitter).
Kennedy is coming off a five-year run with the Royals that included a full-time transition to the bullpen in 2019. After greater than 9 seasons of understanding of the rotation for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Padres and Royals, Kennedy grew to become Kansas Metropolis’s full-time nearer in 2019, tossing 63 1/Three innings in 63 appearances with a 3.41 ERA/2.99 FIP, 44.Four p.c groundball charge, 27.Four p.c strikeout charge, and 6.Four p.c stroll charge. All three of these charge metrics clock in above common.
Kennedy sadly struggled to search out his footing in 2020, logging a 9.00 ERA/8.83 FIP in 14 innings. He suffered a left calf pressure that ended his season earlier than September. If wholesome, he’ll have an actual likelihood to make a Rangers bullpen that’s gentle on sure-things past shut José Leclerc. Even coming into his age-36 season, Kennedy represents a reasonably excessive upside signing for Texas contemplating his hefty resume. Kennedy owns a 4.13 ERA/4.25 FIP in 1,781 1/Three innings within the large leagues.