Texas Rangers sign RHP Anthony Bass to Minor League contract with invitation to Spring Training
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass to a 2017 minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.
Bass, 29, spent the 2016 season with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham-Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, going 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 37 games/14 starts. He was 6-7, 4.76 (40 ER/75.2 IP) as a starter and 2-1, 0.64 (2 ER/28.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances.
Bass spent all but 11 days of the 2015 season with the Rangers, posting a 4.50 ERA in 33 relief appearances. He served the majority of the year as the club's long reliever with eight outings of 3.0 or more innings. Bass was traded to Seattle in a five-player deal on November 16, 2015 before being released by the Mariners and signing with Hokkaido on January 11, 2016.
The right-hander is 5-9 with a 4.40 ERA in 129 games/18 starts with San Diego (2011-13), Houston (2014), and Texas (2015) in his major league career.
With the signing, Texas has 19 non-roster invitees in spring training. The Rangers first workout for pitchers and catchers in Surprise, Arizona is Wednesday, February15 with the first full workout on Tuesday, February 21.