Rangers likely to shop Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor


Texas has the second-worst record in the league at 38-52 and when the Rangers start selling off veterans near the trade deadline T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that relievers Jason Frasor and Neal Cotts will likely be on the block.

Frasor and Cotts are both having good season and they’re both impending free agents, so contenders looking for bullpen help without having to overpay to acquire it figure to target them.

Frasor, who’ll be 37 years old next month, has a 2.86 ERA and 29/13 K/BB ratio in 28 innings after being similarly effective for the Rangers last season. He has a long track record as a solid setup man from the right side.

Cotts’ track record isn’t quite as impressive, but he was nearly unhittable for much of last season and this season the left-hander has a 3.65 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.