79.2 F
Los Angeles

Veteran RHP Garrett Richards reaches free agency

Reliever Garrett Richards has reached free agency after clearing waivers, report Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of the Athletic (Twitter link). It isn’t clear whether the hurler was released by the Rangers or elected free agency in lieu of an outright assignment, but that’s a largely immaterial distinction. A return to the open market was the expected outcome after Texas designated him for assignment last week.

Richards, 34, signed a one-year guarantee with Texas over the offseason. A career-long starter, he was transferred to the bullpen midway through last season with the Red Sox. The right-hander had a 3.42 ERA in 26 1/3 innings in that capacity, and the Rangers took a flier to see if he’d maintain that kind of production over a full season. That didn’t wind up being the case, as Richards managed only a 5.27 ERA over 42 2/3 frames while working primarily in low-leverage situations.

Always a hard thrower, Richards has averaged a solid 94.4 MPH on his fastball and 88.6 MPH on a slider that has been his primary offering this season. He’s generated swinging strikes on a decent 12.1% of his overall pitches (narrowly above the 11.8% league average for relievers). That hasn’t resulted in many strikeouts, though, and Richards generally gives up a fair amount of hard contact. Even with a robust 52.6% ground-ball rate, he didn’t manage to consistently keep runs off the board in Arlington.

Rough ERA aside, Richards’ combination of velocity and ground-ball tendencies will surely attract some interest from clubs now that he’s available on the open market. It remains to be seen whether he’ll land an immediate major league roster spot, but he should have no shortage of minor league opportunities at the very least. There’s no financial downside for another team in checking in, as the Rangers are responsible for what remains of Richards’ $4.5M salary this season. (Texas is also on the hook for a $1M buyout of a 2023 club option). Any signing team would only owe Richards the prorated portion of the $700K minimum salary for any time spent on their big league roster.

  Mariners meet Nationals as wild-card push continues

If Richards signs elsewhere by September 1, he’d be eligible for the signing club’s postseason roster. That’s true regardless of whether he’s immediately added to the majors, as players in an organization but not on a club’s 40-man roster by the turn of September are still eligible for the playoffs via petition to the league office if replacing someone on the injured list.


www.yardbarker.com

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Latest articles

Angels Stadium Seating Chart

Angels Stadium Seating Chart details you should know before buying a ticket. Angel Stadium of...

Betting on baseball

Betting on baseball can seem confusing at first, but it's actually quite simple once you...

MLB players who might retire soon

This is the list of MLB players who might retire after the 2022 season according...

MLB 30 30 CLUB

This is exclusive list of 30 30 club MLB members. The most dynamic MLB players seem...

Subscribe for tips

More like this

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros

The Houston Astros concluded the road portion of their regular-season schedule at 51-30,...

Astros aim to lock up best AL record, face D-backs

The Houston Astros concluded the road portion of their regular-season schedule at 51-30, the...

Previewing the 2022-23 free-agent class: First basemen

As the offseason approaches, MLBTR is taking a position-by-position look at the upcoming free...

Analyzing how the Rangers have fared in the

On the offensive side, the Rangers have scored 65 runs, the sixth fewest in...

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays prediction,

The Aaron Judge home run watch will continue Monday night when the...

MLB Odds: Mariners vs. Royals prediction, odds and

The Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals will battle to determine a series...