MLB Rumors: Kirby Yates and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a free agent contract, per reports. Ken Rosenthal says it is a one year deal.
The Rangers, as we have discussed, have a need for bullpen help this offseason, and Yates is a relief pitcher, so that checks. The righthander, who turns 37 in March, missed all of 2021 and most of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery. He rebounded strongly in 2023, however, putting up a 3.28 ERA in 61 appearances for the Atlanta Braves, albeit with a 4.63 FIP and a 4.51 xERA.
Yates bumped around early on in his career, but in 2018 and 2019, he put up a 1.67 ERA and 1.93 FIP in 125 appearances for the San Diego Padres. He relies on a fastball and a splitter and misses bats, though he had control problems last year.
No word yet on the contract terms. Yates isn’t going to fix the bullpen on his own, but he profiles as a useful righty relief arm for a Rangers team that needs some of those.
UPDATE — Evan Grant says that the deal is agreed to pending a physical, and is expected to be for $4.5 million.