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Mike Minor | Relief Pitcher | #36

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (7) / ATL
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Rangers signed LHP Mike Minor to a three-year, $28 million contract.
The deal was agreed to on Monday and finalized Wednesday after Minor passed his physical. The 29-year-old southpaw flourished in a relief role this past season in Kansas City, but the Rangers are expected to try him again as a starter. Minor did have a great year in the Braves' rotation back in 2013 before a shoulder injury temporarily derailed his career. He'll be an iffy fantasy bet in Texas. Dec 6 - 12:36 PM

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Mike Minor has passed his physical with the Rangers, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

His three-year free agent deal is expected to be formally announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Arlington. The financial terms are still unknown. Minor posted a strong 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for the Royals while holding left-handed batters to a stingy .163/.228/.196 slash line. Word is he'll get a chance to return to a starting role next year in Texas.
Dec 6 - 12:22 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Rangers' plan is to utilize Mike Minor in the starting rotation.

The club agreed to a multi-year deal with the free agent southpaw on Monday, which is still pending a physical. If he isn't going to be used as the closer, then working out of the rotation is probably the next best thing for Minor's fantasy value in 2018.
Dec 4 - 9:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have agreed to a contract with free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

Terms of the deal are not yet known, though it is reportedly a multi-year deal. Minor excelled out of the Royals' bullpen in 2017, even recording six saves at the back end of the bullpen. He came up as a starter though, and that versatility will give the Rangers options on how best to deploy him during the upcoming season.
Dec 4 - 9:35 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros have checked in on free agent left-hander Mike Minor.

There is also known to be interest from the Mets, and it's a safe bet that several other teams are monitoring the market here. Minor registered a sharp 2.55 ERA, 1.017 WHIP, and 88/22 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings of relief this past season for Kansas City while holding left-handed batters to a .163/.228/.196 slash line. The soon-to-be 30-year-old southpaw is sure to find a multi-year contract this winter.
Nov 29 - 1:38 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that lefty reliever Mike Minor is expected to be among the first free agents to sign.

Olney cites Minor's strong position in the market as one of the most-coveted relievers, with "aggressive interest from a high volume of teams." After missing back-to-back seasons due to injury, Minor thrived with a move to the bullpen this season with a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He also notched six saves for the Royals. The Mets are among the teams who have shown interest thus far.
Nov 21 - 8:47 AM

The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 4:03 PM

Mike Minor declined his mutual option for 2018.

MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan passed along the news. Flanagan notes that the Royals have interest in re-signing Minor, perhaps even as their closer, after he posted a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings in 2017 in his first year as a reliever. The lefty will have other options, though, and it's possible he might want a shot to start again.
Nov 3 - 11:07 AM

Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks to earn his sixth save of the year.

Two days after saying he plans on preparing as a starting pitcher ahead of the 2018 season, the southpaw once again converted a save chance with relative ease, pitching around a double in a scoreless inning of work. Minor has now converted all six save opportunities since mid-September, when he unofficially moved into the closer role. Perhaps he'll be able to return to being an above-average starter, but after posting a 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings, being a shutdown late-inning reliever is a nice fallback plan for the 29-year-old.
Oct 1 - 12:21 AM

Mike Minor told Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that he'll prepare to enter the 2018 season as a starting pitcher.

Minor has impressed in his role out of the Royals' bullpen this season, including collecting four saves. It makes much more sense to stretch him out as a starter going into the spring though, so the Royals can keep their options open.
Sep 28 - 7:52 PM

Mike Minor notched his third save with a scoreless ninth against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Minor has made three appearances in 12 days, earning saves in all of them. He was certainly more valuable to the Royals when he wasn't being reserved for the ninth inning, but everyone who picked him up in fantasy leagues is happy.
Sep 26 - 11:43 PM

Mike Minor pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Blue Jays to earn his second save.

Of all the storylines possible this baseball season, "Mike Minor, closer" wasn't one we saw coming. But here he is, having now saved two games his last two times out, and with little trouble. On Thursday, he cut through the heart of the Jays' order, retiring Josh Donaldson, Justin Smoak and Jose Bautista using six pitches. The 29-year-old southpaw has a 2.68 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 84/21 K/BB ratio over 74 relief innings this year, and is the best bet in the Royals' bullpen for saves for what's left of the regular season, if needed.
Sep 21 - 10:30 PM

Mike Minor snuffed out the Indians’ historic winning streak with a scoreless ninth inning Friday for his first career save.

It looked like the Indians were poised to stage another comeback after Yandy Diaz reached on a bloop single to begin the bottom of the ninth, but Minor struck out the next three batters he faced to lock down the victory. Kelvin Herrera blew the save on Thursday and hasn’t been very good recently while dealing with a forearm strain, so the opportunity is there for Minor to vulture more chances down the stretch. The southpaw has a 2.71 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 73 innings this season.
Sep 15 - 10:37 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are one of several teams that have been scouting Mike Minor.

Minor has been excellent out of the Royals' bullpen this season, putting up a 2.25 ERA and 33/9 K/BB ratio over 32 innings. He's making $4 million this season and there is a $10 million mutual option or $1.5 million buyout for 2018.
Jun 11 - 2:05 PM

Mike Minor struck out four in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Tuesday against the Rays.

Minor never pitched more than an inning in his first six appearances for the Royals, but he's been more of a long man of late; this is his third appearance of at least 2 2/3 innings and he's pitched over an inning in four straight appearances. He's been effective in giving up five runs in 18 innings, but there haven't been many leads to trust him with.
May 9 - 11:50 PM