Rotowire: Dec 4 / 9:15a ET
News: Kirkman signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impact: Kirkman was not tendered a contract by the Rangers this offseason, but the team will give him a chance to earn a roster spot during spring training. He saw just 5.2 innings of work in the majors in 2014, and posted a 4.47 ERA over 54.1 innings at the Triple-A level.
Rotowire: Dec 2 / 7:52p ET
News: The Rangers will not tender Kirkman a contract, making him a free agent.
Impact: Kirkman is a lefty specialist, and while his 1.59 ERA in 12 appearances (5.2 innings) last season was impressive, it does not align with his performance in the minor leagues, and the Rangers obviously felt he was not a key bullpen piece moving forward.