The Rangers are nearing a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher
The club has not confirmed the deal. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel broke news of the reported agreement first.
The 29-year-old righty was an All-Star in 2018, when he posted a 2.85 ERA, but Foltynewicz threw just 3 1/3 innings for the Braves in 2020, giving up six runs on four hits, before being designated for assignment.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Foltynewicz’s velocity was down during Summer Camp and his only start in 2020 confirmed that. Foltynewicz had a throwing session at Georgia Tech on Jan. 29, where it was reported that his velocity looked up and he looked in better shape than he did last summer, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Foltynewicz also struggled with injuries in 2019 and spent time in Triple-A before returning to post a 1.73 ERA over his last seven starts.
With the Rangers in need of starting pitcher depth, Foltynewicz would likely join the rotation along with Kohei Arihara and Dane Dunning behind Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson. He could also be used as a multi-inning reliever out of the bullpen.