Rangers reportedly signing Jon Gray as overhaul continues


The Rangers reportedly reached an agreement on a contract with free-agent pitcher Jon Gray late Sunday night.

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The deal would be for four years and $56 million, pending the results of a physical, according to baseball insider Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Gray, who turned 30 this month, has spent seven years in the majors, all coming with the Colorado Rockies, who drafted him third overall out of Oklahoma in 2013.

For his career, Gray has made 152 appearances, all but one coming as a starter, with a 4.59 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 849 strikeouts in 829 1/3 innings.

There's some sense the hard-throwing right-hander has not yet realized his full potential pitching in hitter-friendly Coors Field, with ERA estimators such as FIP indicating he's performed a bit better -- 3.91 -- than his surface numbers might suggest.

The apparent Gray signing marks the third notable deal of the day for the Rangers, following reported agreements with All-Star infielder Marcus Semien and veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun.

The deals were just a few of a flurry on Sunday, which seemed to be coming in advanced of an anticipated owner lockout beginning Dec. 1. A lockout would herald the suspension of free agency, trades and other transactions until a new collective bargaining agreement were negotiated. All offseason deals to date were counted under the terms of the present CBA.

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