The Rangers announced this evening that they have signed right-handers Anthony Bass and Ross Wolf and outfielder Antoan Richardson to minor league contracts. All three have received invites to major league spring training.
Bass opted for free agency after being outrighted off the Astros’ 40-man roster late last month. The 27-year-old owns a 4.37 ERA over 18 starts and 78 relief appearances in the majors. He had an ugly 6.33 ERA and 7/7 K/BB ratio over 27 innings with Houston this past season.
Wolf spent this past season with the SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization. The 32-year-old pitched for the Rangers back in 2013 and posted a 4.15 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings.
Richardson spent 2014 in the Yankees organization, mostly at Triple-A. The 31-year-old appeared in 13 games as a September call-up and actually scored the winning run on Derek Jeter’s walk-off hit in his final home game.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.