Back in December the Rangers non-tendered Michael Kirkman and then re-signed him to a minor-league contract, but now they’re released the 28-year-old left-hander.
Kirkman has generally been an effective middle reliever, pitching parts of five seasons for the Rangers, but he spent most of last year in the minors and has struggled with shoulder problems all spring.
As a lefty with a mid-90s fastball and 103 strikeouts in 107 career innings he should be able to latch on somewhere else pretty quickly, but Kirkman’s health and poor control are holding him back.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.
Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.
Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.
Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.
There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.