The Texas Rangers have announced that lefthanded pitcher Brian Flynn has been released and is a free agent. John Blake’s tweet announcing the move indicated that he had been granted free agency, which would seem to suggest that the release was granted at Flynn’s request so he can pursue a roster spot with another team.
Flynn is a 30 year old lefthanded pitcher who was traded to the Miami Marlins in 2012 in the Anibal Sanchez trade, and then acquired by the Kansas City Royals after the 2014 season. Most of his time in the majors has been with the Royals, and he has a 4.41 ERA in his career in 187.2 IP.
Flynn was signed as a minor league free agent this offseason by the Rangers as bullpen depth, and he was part of the Rangers’ 60 man pool for summer camp. With the season ten days away, Flynn was likely informed he would not be making the Opening Day roster, and he presumably wanted the chance to latch on with another team where he had a better opportunity to claim a major league gig.