Rangers acquire Zack Granite from Twins

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The Rangers picked up outfielder Zack Granite in a trade with the Twins, the team announced Sunday. Minnesota received minor league reliever Xavier Moore and cash considerations in the deal. In a corresponding move, Texas placed outfielder Scott Heineman (labrum surgery) on the 60-day injured list to create roster space for Granite.

Granite, 26, was designated for assignment by Minnesota on Monday. Lingering shoulder and oblique issues complicated his plans to compete for a role within the organization, and as of 2019, he has not logged a single at-bat in the majors since his rookie campaign in 2017. Last year, he batted just .211/.282/.245 with eight extra-base hits and nine stolen bases (in 13 chances) through 263 PA at Triple-A Rochester.

Now healthy, he’s expected to provide some outfield depth for the Rangers while trying to work his way back to a starting role. The latter may not be a feasible goal for the oft-injured center fielder, but his past performances in the minors indicate that he has the speed, if little else, to stick in the outfield on a regular basis.

Twenty-year-old Moore, meanwhile, is still getting the hang of things in Low-A ball. He’ll continue his development in the minors this season after tossing a combined .5.30 ERA, 4.8 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 18 2/3 innings with the Rangers’ Rookie and Low-A affiliates in 2018.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.