Report: Rangers sign pitcher Ian Kennedy to minor league deal

By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league deal with free agent pitcher Ian Kennedy, insider Jon Heyman reported Monday. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training.

According to Mark Feinsand, Kennedy can earn up to $2.15 million if he makes the team, plus performance bonuses.

The Rangers bullpen is a bit of a question mark behind closer Jose LeClerc and Jonathan Hernandez, so Kennedy figures to have a great opportunity to make the club.

Kennedy, 36, went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 15 appearances with the Royals in the COVID-19 shortened season. He ultimately suffered a calf injury in September and was shut down for the rest of the season.

Kennedy became the Royals closer in 2019 after being a starter in his first 12 MLB seasons. He had 30 saves and a 3.41 ERA that season.

For his career, Kennedy is 97-105 with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.