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Chasen Shreve Out of Rangers' Deal

Left hand Chasen Shreve has opted out of his minor league contract with the Rangers, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The southpaw is now a free agent and therefore eligible to sign with any club.

Shreve, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Rangers in February but did not break camp with the team. Towards the end of March, Jeff Wilson of Rangers Today reported that Shreve, Danny Duffy again Shane Greene they were free to explore opting out of their deals, as none of those three would make the big league team.

It appears Shreve decided not to retire at that point, as he reported to Triple-A Round Rock. He has already played ten games this year with an earned run average of 2.61. He has nine strikeouts but has struck out five times.

Ranger is easy in terms of left-handed relievers. Brock Burke is on the injured list after punching a wall and requiring surgery to repair a broken bone in his non-throwing hand. That went away Jacob Latzwho entered this year with just four major league appearances, as the only healthy southpaw in the bullpen.

Regardless, they don't seem to have a place for Shreve, so he'll try his luck on the open market. He has appeared in 367 major league games, starting in 2014 with Atlanta and after that he bounced around the Yankees, Cardinals, Mets, Pirates, Tigers and Reds. He has a 3.97 ERA in his career, striking out 25.3% of the batters he faced while issuing walks at a 10.8% clip and getting grounders on 41.6% of balls in play. That walk rate is very high, but he kept it to 8.8% in 2022 and just 7.3% last year, still striking out about a quarter of the batters he faced.

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