Ian Kennedy signs minor league contract with Rangers

February 23

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Ian Kennedy has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and will be in major league spring training with a chance to be compete for a spot in their bullpen.

New Rangers general manager Chris Young, a former teammate of Kennedy's in Kansas City, said Tuesday the 36-year-old Kennedy brings a veteran presence after playing for four different teams over 14 big league seasons.

“He has to earn the spot, and he’s perfectly comfortable that,” Young said. “Ian called me right after we finalized the deal and actually thanked me for not reaching out to him. He had a lot of teams, and personal relationships throughout the game, reaching out to him, and he said actually that played into it, the fact that I didn’t reach out to him personally.”

Kennedy spent the past five seasons with Kansas City, where he made the transition from starter to reliever the past two years. He had his only 30 MLB saves in 2019, but was limited to one start and 14 relief appearances last season because of a left calf injury. Young and Kennedy were with the Royals together in 2016 and 2017.

In 290 starts and 79 relief appearances, Kennedy is 97-105 with a 4.13 ERA. He had a career-high 21 wins in 2011 for Arizona.

Kennedy began his big league career with the New York Yankees (2007-09), before pitching for the Diamondbacks (2010-13), San Diego (2013-15) and the Royals (2016-20).

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