Free agent first baseman Chris Carter has been linked to the Orioles and Rangers, per agent Dave Stewart’s comments to Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network. Stewart has discussed his client with at least four teams since the beginning of the year, with the Athletics being the only notable exception so far.
Carter, 30, set a few personal records in 2016, batting .222/.321/.499 with a career-high 41 home runs and 27 doubles in his first season with the Brewers. He was non-tendered by the team in November, and has struggled to find a landing spot with other power-hitting first basemen still on the market.
Neither the Orioles nor the Rangers have Carter pegged as their first choice, as Baltimore is reportedly pursuing Mark Trumbo and Texas has its eye on Mike Napoli. Should either of those deals fail to come to fruition in the next couple of months, however, Carter could be a viable candidate for either team. For now, Stewart says, he doesn’t anticipate a quick signing process for Carter in the week to come (via FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman).
Free agent right-hander Anthony Bass is reportedly looking for a major league deal in 2017, and MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that the 29-year-old is already in talks with “five or six teams.” While no offers appear to be on the table just yet, Bass has been linked to both the Tigers and Rangers, the latter of whom was the last organization to give the righty a big league platform.
Bass last appeared in the majors during the 2015 season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 rate in 64 innings with the Rangers. He was traded to the Mariners in a five-player swap during the offseason, then released by Seattle in January so he could pursue an opportunity with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of NPB. During the Fighters’ 2016 campaign, he worked out of the rotation and bullpen, racking up a 3.65 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.2 SO/9 in 23 relief appearances and 14 starts.
In November, Bass announced his intention to return stateside for the 2017 season via Twitter:
According to Beck, Bass’ first preference is to work out of the rotation, despite having only 18 major league starts under his belt since 2011, but Beck notes that the right-hander is willing to consider a bullpen role if need be.
TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year contract. Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for $6 million with incentives.
Ross, 29, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Padres. He pitched through just 5 1/3 innings in 2016, racking up an 11.81 ERA before shoulder issues prematurely ended his season. He underwent surgery in October to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. Over three full seasons in San Diego’s rotation, Ross worked up a 3.07 ERA and 9.5 fWAR, averaging a 9.2 SO/9 and 3.5 BB/9 rate.
The deal has yet to be confirmed by the team.