The Texas Rangers have signed veteran relief pitcher Zach McAllister to a one year deal, the team announced today. McAllister, 31, is a righthander who has spent the bulk of his career with the Cleveland Indians. The reports from the national reporters indicate that it is for $1 million.
McAllister was a starter for the Indians in 2012-14, but has pitched almost exclusively out of the pen since that time. He was a solid pen arm for Cleveland until 2018, when he got released after putting up a 4.97 ERA and 4.51 FIP in 41.2 IP. He was then picked up by the Detroit Tigers, who released him after three outings, with McAllister having given up 8 runs in 3.1 IP.
The Rangers have been looking for additional bullpen arms to fortify the pen, and McAllister is, well, a bullpen arm. He’ll presumably have the inside track for a middle relief role to start the season.
The Rangers’ roster is now at 40.