Barnette re-signs with Rangers; Gonzalez back on minor deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Reliever Tony Barnette has signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal to stay with the Texas Rangers.
Barnette, who had a 3.75 ERA over 103 relief appearances the past two seasons, had become a free agent when the Rangers last month gave him a $250,000 buyout instead exercising their $4 million club option for the right-hander.
Rangers don’t tender contracts to Hanser Alberto, 3 pitchers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have decided not to tender contracts to infielder Hanser Alberto and three right-handed pitchers.
The trio of pitchers — Chi Chi Gonzalez, A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez — also became free agents after the moves before Friday night's non-tender deadline.
Texas has two unfilled spots in its starting rotation. General manager Jon Daniels said the team isn't ruling out bringing back Griffin or Martinez but is keeping open its options.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of a ligament in his right elbow and will not throw for at least six weeks.
Gonzalez, who had been in contention for the fifth spot in the Texas rotation, had an MRI and was examined Friday in Arizona by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister. The exam came after Gonzalez felt discomfort in his elbow.