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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.