The Texas Rangers have signed free agent starting pitcher Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million deal.
Gibson suffered from ulcerative colitis in 2010 but still tossed 160 while striking out 160 batters for the Twins, for whom he has worked his entire career. He posted a 4.84 ERA last season but a 3.62 ERA in 2018.
He’s a durable guy who would fit right into the middle of the rotation for most clubs and should help the Rangers’ staff improve considerably.
Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.
Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.
At least Josh Reddick is saying it:
It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.