Absolute zero is the lowest temperature theoretically possible. It’s also the amount of action that will take place in the free market if and when Major League Baseball owners lock out the players without a new collective bargaining agreement before the December 1 deadline.
In turn, the market is expected to continue at a faster pace than usual around the Thanksgiving holiday. Starting pitchers went 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 Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Rangers have a “legitimate interest” in Jon Gray, who is an attractive mid-market player. Over seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Gray set a 53-49 record with a 4.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. The ERA mark may not thrill fans, but his career 3.91 FIP and 107 ERA+ could translate into better grades if he moves to a better environment like Globe Life Field in Arlington, which is much friendlier to pitchers than Coors Field.
In 2017 and 2019, the Oklahoma native promised a higher ceiling, with a 138 and 134 ERA+ in those seasons, respectively.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Gray to sign a $56 million four-year contract, with an average annual value of $14 million (AAV). Hypothetically, if the Rangers signed him to a contract of this magnitude, they would still have plenty of room to add another starting pitcher and one of the big names.
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