SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Proper-hander Ian Kennedy has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and can be in main league spring coaching with an opportunity to be compete for a spot of their bullpen.
New Rangers common supervisor Chris Younger, a former teammate of Kennedy’s in Kansas Metropolis, stated Tuesday the 36-year-old Kennedy brings a veteran presence after enjoying for 4 completely different groups over 14 large league seasons.
“He has to earn the spot, and he’s completely snug that,” Younger stated. “Ian known as me proper after we finalized the deal and really thanked me for not reaching out to him. He had a whole lot of groups, and private relationships all through the sport, reaching out to him, and he stated really that performed into it, the truth that I didn’t attain out to him personally.”
Kennedy spent the previous 5 seasons with Kansas Metropolis, the place he made the transition from starter to reliever the previous two years. He had his solely 30 MLB saves in 2019, however was restricted to at least one begin and 14 reduction appearances final season due to a left calf damage. Younger and Kennedy have been with the Royals collectively in 2016 and 2017.
In 290 begins and 79 reduction appearances, Kennedy is 97-105 with a 4.13 ERA. He had a career-high 21 wins in 2011 for Arizona.
Kennedy started his large league profession with the New York Yankees (2007-09), earlier than pitching for the Diamondbacks (2010-13), San Diego (2013-15) and the Royals (2016-20).
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