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.