There's an interesting note on Nick Regilio in the latest Transaction Analysis over at BP:
Regilio's minor league deal entitles him to free agency come July 1 if he isn't on the big league roster
I hadn't read that before...if true, it puts the Rangers in a bit of a time crunch on making a decision on Regilio, although I don't think it matters much one way or the other.
It is probably indicative of how starved for pitching we are that a handful of solid outings in April had folks excited about Regilio's status as a major league reliever last year. But the reality is Regilio is 27 years old, and has a spotty track record, both in the majors and in the minors.
Regilio has pitched 100 innings in a season twice as a professional, in 2002 and 2004. He barely cracked the century mark both times, and both times he succumbed to injury problems the following year. And he's only posted a sub-4 ERA twice in his career -- in rookie ball in 1999, the year he was drafted, and at Tulsa in 2002.
My guess is that, if the report about Regilio being able to become a free agent is true, he'll probably exercise that right, and find an organization that's a lot thinner in live arms where he can try to carve out a niche as a reliever.
And there will probably be lamentations about Regilio's departure, with Danny Kolb and Robb Nen being invoked.
But at a certain point, it is time to move on...and while everyone seems to agree Regilio has nice stuff, if you can't stay healthy and you don't have much in the way of results, nice stuff ain't going to be enough to keep you around.