The Rangers announced that they have re-signed right-hander Jimmy Herget to a major league deal. It’s a $700K split contract, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets. The team designated outfielder Scott Heineman for assignment in a corresponding move. Its 40-man roster remains at capacity.
The Rangers non-tendered Herget last week, but the 27-year-old wasn’t away from the organization for long. Herget, whom the Rangers claimed via waivers from the Reds last winter, threw 19 2/3 innings in Texas in 2020 and posted an impressive 3.20 ERA. There were some red flags, however, including a 5.23 FIP and a poor strikeout/walk ratio (7.78 K/9, 6.41 BB/9). But Herget does boast a very good minor league track record. He saw extensive action in Triple-A ball in three different seasons as a member of the Cincinnati organization and combined for a 3.17 ERA with 9.6 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 over 150 frames.
Heineman’s designation continues an eventful week-plus for the 28-year-old. The Rangers non-tendered Heineman, quickly brought him back on a major league pact, and now he’s off their roster again. Heineman, a Ranger since they used an 11th-round pick on him in 2015, has slumped to a .189/.259/.331 line with three home runs in 139 big league plate appearances. Like Herget, though, Heineman has performed respectably in Triple-A, where he has batted .307/.371/.463 and slugged 19 HRs across 651 PA.
Rangers heard of Minors deals?
This doesn’t make much sense to me either. Herget was okay last year but I think this should’ve been a minor league deal.
Edubray Ramos, previous post signed on a minor league deal
yikes, terrible timing on my part
Hey the new GM who actually play pro ball and is an Ivy Leaguer like most GMs are, is showing how he already planned for this. Now I am hoping he can work some magic by getting a deal to move either Odor or Andrus.
Not holding my breath though.
Slim began to grow on me as the season progressed. I actually like his stuff now. With his whippy motion he can actually hit the mid – high 90’s. Really happy for him.
I thought Heineman would stick as a 4th OF, but he’ll probably be optioned back to AAA if I had to guess.
I think the competition for the 4th OF will be between White and Heineman
Chris Young. Blowing. It. Up.
I’m really liking Chris Young
Young is still learning if you read anything about him coming on board. He is learning from JD the first year. All of these moves are all JD.
I was hopeful that Heineman would finally get a legitimate shot at regular playing time, based on his AAA stats. If the Rangers won’t give him an extended look, send him to a MLB team that will.
Ducky Buckin Fent
I’ve a vague idea based on the term, but does anyone know how a “split contract” works in MLB?
Are they just boilerplate or are they all unique?
I don’t seem to be consulting the Google properly to find a definitive answer.
i think they are whatever you want to pay the guy as long as they fit MLB and MiLB mins.
Interesting that Heineman signed a major League deal with the club after being non-tendered and now is subsequently being designated so soon after. Had they just signed him to a minor league contract last week… they could have just sent him to AAA without having to pass him through waivers — but apparently they felt he was good enough that he deserved a ML contract a week ago… Will see if he passes through waivers or not now. He’s had a rough couple of seasons in the majors but does have very impressive minor league numbers — could be someone a rebuilding team could take a flier on to see if he can live up to the minor league stats if given a bigger opportunity in the ML’s.
There are literally hundreds of Heineman’s in pro ball. It’s not a big loss of another team claims him but I really don’t see that happening. My guess is that he’ll clear waivers and rejoin the Rangers on a minor league deal. He’s the definition of a AAAA player.
I’m not that high on Herget but pitchers are always given more opportunities. I’m hoping he proves me wrong.
Yeah these moves aren’t making sense. And we are still stick with Odor and Andries. I am good with the youth movement. But some of these moves are crazy
Need to trade Odor and Andrus and go full blown youth movement