Rangers To Sign Sam Gaviglio (www.baseball-reference.com)

The Rangers are in agreement with 

on a minor-league contract, reports MLBTR’s Steve Adams (Twitter link). He’ll receive an invitation to major league spring training.

Gaviglio has seen big league action in each of the past four seasons, mostly as a member of the Blue Jays. Primarily a starting pitcher early in his MLB career, the right-hander has worked exclusively out of the bullpen the past two seasons. Gaviglio has never been much of a strikeout arm but he throws strikes and has induced ground balls at a decent clip. Altogether, the 30-year-old has tossed 296.2 innings of 4.88 ERA/4.37 SIERA ball at the highest level.

There’s plenty of room for Gaviglio to earn his way onto the Rangers’ active roster with a strong showing in spring training, especially if the club sees him as a potential starting option. Kolby Allard, the current favorite for the final spot in the rotation, was knocked around for an 8.80 ERA last year. Texas’ bullpen composition is also uncertain beyond the top four of Jonathan HernándezJoely RodríguezJosé Leclerc and Taylor Hearn.



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