September 23, 2021

Rangers reach 3-year, $30 million deal with 13-game winner Kyle Gibson (ESPN)

The Texas Rangers have agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with free-agent pitcher Kyle Gibson, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal is pending a physical, the source said.

Gibson joins a Rangers rotation that includes veterans Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. The Rangers are expected to pursue at least one more free-agent starting pitcher.

Gibson, a 32-year-old right-hander, went 13-7 with 160 strikeouts for the Minnesota Twins in 2019, but he faltered down the stretch as he dealt with the effects of ulcerative colitis. Gibson’s ERA ballooned to 4.73 after giving up 26 earned runs in his final six starts before he was relegated to the bullpen on Sept. 15.

His struggles continued as a reliever in September, and he gave up three runs in one inning in his only postseason appearance — a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Gibson, who relies on his slider for his out pitch, has provided quality innings for…

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