The Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville has released reliever Josh Fields, per the Pacific Coast League transactions page. Fields lasted a little over a month and a half with the Rangers, who signed him to a minor league contract May 11.
Fields will now seek his fourth organization of 2019. The Dodgers released the 33-year-old in March, and he opted out of a minors pact with the Brewers before signing with the Rangers. As you’d expect, this has been a year to forget for Fields, owner of a bloated 6.57 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 over 24 2/3 innings in Triple-A ball.
Fields’ minor league difficulties this season have come as a surprise considering his recent MLB output. Just last year, he put up a 2.20 ERA/3.62 FIP with 7.24 K/9 and 2.41 BB/9 over 41 innings with the Dodgers. Fields was able to limit home runs despite seldom generating ground balls, though that hasn’t been the case this year. Minor league hitters have already gone deep against him nine times – five more long balls than he allowed with Los Angeles in 2018.
Current issues notwithstanding, Fields has carved out a credible pro career as a reliever. At this point, though, the right-hander might be best known for his part in a trade that will go down as a heist for the Astros. Back in August 2016, Houston sent Fields to LA for a 19-year-old first base prospect named Yordan Alvarez. Now 22, Alvarez is an elite prospect who has toyed with major league pitchers during his first 65 career plate appearances this season.