The Texas Rangers have agreed to a deal with free agent righthanded pitcher Anthony Bass, according to Chris Cotillo.
You may remember Bass from his work as a long man for Texas in 2015. Bass was shipped to Seattle with Leonys Martin in that ill-fated trade after the 2015 season, and pitched in Japan in 2016 as a swing man for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
This is presumably a minor league deal, with Bass providing some depth for the Rangers. Maybe he gets a look as a possible candidate for the “keeping the fifth starter spot warm until Tyson Ross returns” role that A.J. Griffin, Mike Hauschild, Nick Martinez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Allen Webster, and various others are vying for.
Bass seems to be superfluous, but if there's anything we have learned the past few years, you can never have enough arms. You think you've finally got dept, and the next thing you know, Cesar Ramos and Kyle Lohse are starting games for you.
UPDATE — John Blake has confirmed that Bass has been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league camp for spring training.