The Texas Rangers have signed starting pitcher Tyler Mahle to a two year deal, the team announced today. Per Jeff Passan, it guarantees Mahle $22 million, and includes $5 million in potential performances bonuses for 2025.
Mahle, 29, is a righthander who came up with the Cincinnati Reds. After a couple of seasons of being a more or less replacement level pitcher, he put up a 3.72 ERA in 227 innings between 2020 and 2021, accumulating a 5.9 bWAR. Mahle had a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts for Cincinnati in 2022 before being dealt to Minnesota at the trade deadline for a package that included Spencer Steer.
Mahle ended up making just 9 starts for Minnesota. He made four in 2022, being limited due to shoulder inflammation, then put up a 3.16 ERA in 25 innings over five starts in 2023 before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.
Mahle has been good when he has been healthy, and would seem to be expected to return in 2024 around the All Star Break. This doesn’t help the Rangers in regards to their rotation to start the season, but gives them a quality starter who would seem likely to be ready to step into the rotation for the final two months of the season. The Rangers already have Jacob deGrom, who they hope to have back by the end of the year, so there’s the potential for two guys to come in to fortify the rotation in the second half of 2024.