Tanner Scheppers, former Texas Rangers pitcher who became a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, has agreed to a one year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines, per the DMN. Scheppers will reportedly make $800,000 for the 2018 season with the Marines, who played in the Japanese Pacific League.
Scheppers, who turns 31 in a couple of days, was a supplemental first round draft pick of the Rangers in the 2009 draft, and the second player the Rangers pick in that draft, behind Matt Purke. Scheppers spent most of his career with the Rangers as a reliever, though an ill-fated, short-lived stint in 2014 as a starting pitcher resulted in him being the Opening Day starter for Texas that year.
Scheppers has struggled to stay healthy during his career, and while he had a terrific 2013 campaign for Texas, his performance has been up and down since then, and he’s bounce up and down between the majors and minors, as well as shuttling between the active roster and the disabled list.
Best of luck to Scheppers as he heads to Japan for 2018.