Neris, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Houston Astros, putting up a 2.69 ERA and 3.10 FIP in 133 innings over 141 games. Prior to that he had spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Phillies. In ten seasons, he has a 3.24 ERA and 3.62 FIP. While his ERA has tended to fluctuate, which is often the case with relievers, he’s been remarkably consistent in terms of xERA, never being worse than 3.98 or better than 2.94 since 2015.
A righthander, Neris throws a both a fastball and a sinker, with his split finger as his primary swing-and-miss pitch. He doesn’t throw real hard — his fastball was down a tick last year, at 93 mph — but he avoids hard contact and misses bats at a good clip.
The Rangers went into the offseason with the bullpen being an area of need. If they could land Neris, he would join Jose Leclerc, Josh Sborz and Kirby Yates as part of the righty middle to late inning contingent for the Ranger pen.
Neris had an $8.5 million player option with the Astros for 2024 with a $1 million buyout. Neris declined the option, which made him a free agent.