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Report: Rangers sign Zach McAllister to one-year, $1 million deal

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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.

Robert Gsellman diagnosed with partial lat tear

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman has been diagnosed with a partial lat tear. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, but it would seem likely he doesn’t pitch again this season.

Gsellman, 26, went on the injured list on Saturday (retroactive to August 14) with what was initially called right triceps tightness. Across 63 2/3 innings of relief for the Mets this season, the right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Losing Gsellman is a big deal for the Wild Card-hopeful Mets. While his ERA wasn’t anything incredible, he was a workhorse, accruing the most innings of anyone in the bullpen. With Gsellman out of the mix, the Mets will lean even more on Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia behind struggling closer Edwin Díaz.