The Rangers have signed pitcher Zach McAllister to a one-year, $1 million contract, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
McAllister, 31, was released by the Indians in August last season and quickly signed with the Tigers. However, he made just three appearances for the Tigers before being designated for assignment. The Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract near the end of August, making five appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City before the season ended.
McAllister was once part of the Indians’ starting rotation, but transitioned into a full-time reliever beginning in 2015. Aside from last year, he has had good results, owning a 3.63 ERA with 243 strikeouts and 77 walks across 228 1/3 innings over the last four seasons.
The Rangers seem to be good bet to have a bullpen spot available for McAllister on the Opening Day roster, provided he performs well and stays healthy throughout spring training.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.
With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.
Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.
Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.