Absolute zero is the lowest temperature that is theoretically possible. It is also the amount of action that will take place in the free agent market if and when the owners of Major League Baseball lock players out without a new collective agreement in place before the December 1 deadline.
In return, the market is expected to continue at a higher pace than it usually does around the Thanksgiving holiday. Starting pitchers have gone off the board at a faster pace than any other position, and now the Rangers are tied to another name that could complement their rotation.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Rangers have a “legitimate interest” in Jon Gray, who is an attractive midfielder in the free agent market. Through seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Gray has written a record of 53-49 with a 4.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. The ERA brand may not excite fans, but his career of 3.91 FIP and 107 ERA + could translate into better numbers if he goes to a better environment like Globe Life Field in Arlington, which is far more pitch-friendly than Coors Field.
In 2017 and 2019, Oklahoma natives showed promises of a higher ceiling, having 138 and 134 ERA +, respectively, in those seasons.
MLB Trade Rumors projects that Gray will sign a four-year contract of $ 56 million, which will carry an average annual value of $ 14 million (AAV). Hypothetically, if Rangers were to sign him to a contract of this size, they would still have plenty of room to add another starting pitcher and one of the big name shortstops.
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