Feb 3 6:40p
Lin will be a pitcher with the Rangers, Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports.
Lin came up in the Boston farm system but never developed power to complement his talent for drawing walks. He spent 2013 with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, posting a .234/.356/.309 slash line in 433 plate appearances, with just three home runs and 18 extra-base hits. Lin tossed 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Oklahoma City last season, but he doesn't have any other professional pitching experience. He was known for his range and arm in the outfield, indicating that he's a good athlete and may have the arm strength to make it as a pitcher. Of course, learning a new position may mean taking a step backwards, so Lin won't necessarily open 2014 in the majors or at the Triple-A level, even though his minor league contract includes an invitation to spring training.