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Texas Rangers rumors: Jeremy Guthrie agrees to minor league deal with Texas, per reports

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Jeremy Guthrie has agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, per reports

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Texas Rangers rumors:  Jeremy Guthrie, righthanded starting pitcher, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, per reports on Twitter.

Guthrie, who turns 37 right after the season starts, was a first round pick of the Cleveland Indians out of Stanford in the 2002 draft.  Guthrie never got it together with the Indians, and ended up getting claimed on waivers by the Orioles prior to the 2007 season.  With Baltimore, Guthrie established himself as a solid starting pitcher, putting up 3 seasons of at least 4 bWAR.  Guthrie has spent the last three years in Kansas City, and while he was a serviceable back-end guy  in 2013 and 2014 for the Royals, he was awful in 2015, putting up a 5.95 ERA and a 5.61 FIP in 148.1 IP.

Guthrie will be another arm competing with Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Martinez, A.J. Griffin, and the rest for the fifth starter spot.  Guthrie will have the right to opt out of his deal if he isn't on the major league roster at the start of the season, due to the amount of service time he has, and I'm not sure he wouldn't exercise that if he doesn't make the team, rather than toiling away at Round Rock.

Even in Guthrie's best seasons, he never missed much bats or had real good defense-independent numbers -- his highest fWAR, which is based on peripherals, was 2.5 in a season -- and it seems doubtful he's got anything left at this point, but there's no harm in giving him a minor league deal and taking a look.