As Derrick Goold reports in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kyle McClellan has agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. The 28-year-old pitcher will go to Spring Training with a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation.
From the article:
“I think it’s the right fit for a lot of reasons,” McClellan said Tuesday morning. “It’s an organization that I see a lot of similarities to St. Louis. It has an ownership and front office that wants to win and a fanbase that expects them to win and shows up for the team. … I get the same vibe from Texas. It will be familiar for me as far as the organization goes. The opportunity is there for me to show I can be a consistent major-league pitcher and prove that I can take the ball every day. They also have an opportunity to win. That was something that was an important part of my decision.”
As you might remember, McClellan had an injury plagued-season in 2012. While recovering from an elbow injury in August, he felt discomfort in his right shoulder, ultimately shutting him down for the 2012 season. He was released by the Cardinals on November 13.
McClellan was an important part of the Cardinals’ World Series run in 2011, going 12-7 with a 4.19 ERA, playing both starter and reliever over a total of 141.2 innings. In 2012, he spotted a 5.30 ERA over just 18.2 innings.
I’m wondering if this gives any implication of what the Rangers plan to do regarding Kyle Lohse. While they have been linked to him in recent weeks, it seems like this interest seems to have gone down. Not only have they signed McClellan, which indicates they might want to produce from within their minor league system, but they are also in the midst of working on a contract extension for Matt Harrison, taking dollars away from another big free-agent signing.