Free-agent LHP Mike Minor has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Rangers, who are expected to use him as a starting pitcher, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
The Mets had expressed interest in Minor, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported last week.
Minor had a 2.55 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings in 65 relief appearances with the Royals this past season, which was his first since having shoulder surgery in 2016.
He made 110 starts for the Braves from 2010 to 2014.
The Mets have reportedly prioritized adding a late-game reliever to join Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins, despite knowing it may cost a multi-year deal. In addition to Minor, they have also expressed interest in relievers Byran Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Joe Smith, and others.
I believe Callaway and Alderson really want Shaw. Meanwhile, the buzz in Cleveland has the Indians confident they'll be able to retain Smith, who insiders believe will get at least a two-year, $10-12 million contract.
If this price tag is accurate, it's hard to imagine Alderson committing a combined $13-15 million to get both Smith and Shaw. Alderson has typically been frugal when spending on his bullpen. Reports indicate that is about to change, but my hunch is he will end up only having room in the budget to add one, not two guaranteed contracts for relief pitching.
That said, man, oh, man, adding both Shaw and Smith to Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, and AJ Ramoswould easily be the team's best bullpen since Alderson took over seven years ago.
By the way, Callaway and new pitching coach Dave Eiland have connections to current free agents Smith, Shaw, Boone Logan, and Minor. Before joining the Mets, Callaway had been pitching coach for the Indians, while Eiland was pitching coach for the Royals.
"It is like when you sign one of your own free agents, you really know the good and the bad in a way you don't about a player you have never had," Ricco explained, referring to pairing up former players and coaches. "It helps you make better decisions and, perhaps, gives you confidence to spend a little more money because there is less mystery with the player."