The Texas Rangers agreed to one-year offers with proper fielder Joey Gallo and anticipated beginning shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa on Friday, avoiding arbitration with their two Gold Glove winners.
Gallo obtained a $6.2 million deal, after final season incomes $1,629,630 prorated of the $4.4 million wage he agreed to to keep away from arbitration final 12 months.
Kiner-Falefa received a Gold Glove at third base final season, however the Rangers have already mentioned he’ll go to spring coaching with the chance to be their beginning shortstop. His $2 million deal is up from his $587,000 wage for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season when he obtained $217,407 prorated.
With the agreements, the Rangers will once more keep away from a wage arbitration listening to. They have not had one since 2000, with first baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens.
Gallo received his first Gold Glove for standout protection final season, although he struggled on the plate. The 27-year-old outfielder hit .181 with 10 house runs and 26 RBIs in 57 video games in his sixth MLB season since being the thirty ninth general choose within the 2012 newbie draft.
He was an All-Star in 2019, when he hit .253 with 22 homers in 70 video games earlier than proper wrist surgical procedure — and went deep within the All-Star Sport. That got here after consecutive 40-homer seasons regardless of hitting underneath .210 in 2017 and 2018. In 473 huge league video games, Gallo has hit .208 with 120 homers — and 122 singles.
The Rangers mentioned in December that the 25-year-old Kiner-Falefa would go to spring coaching as their high shortstop and that 32-year-old Elvis Andrus wanted to arrange to play all infield positions. Andrus is the longest-tenured Ranger after 12 seasons and the one participant remaining from their back-to-back World Sequence appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Kiner-Falefa hit .280 in his third huge league season, when he earned the beginning job at third base in camp. He began 42 video games at third base, and one other 15 video games at shortstop when Andrus was injured. The Rangers had even used Kiner-Falefa as a catcher the earlier two seasons as a option to get him within the lineup.
Texas additionally Friday signed a number of worldwide free brokers, together with middle fielder Yeison Morrobel from the Dominican Republic with a $1.8 million signing bonus two shortstops, Danyer Cueva from Venezuela ($1,025,000) and Yeferson Tineo from the Dominican Republic ($600,000).