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Rangers reach deal with reliever Kirby Yates

Tue Dec 5 3:57pm ET
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The Texas Rangers reached an agreement with free agent reliever Kirby Yates, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The one-year deal is pending the results of a physical for the 36-year-old right-hander, per the report.

Yates went 7-2 with five saves and a 3.28 ERA in 61 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season.

He missed the entire 2021 season and pitched only seven innings in 2022 following Tommy John surgery.


Yates was a National League All-Star with the San Diego Padres in 2019 when he led the majors with 41 saves.

He is 19-19 with 62 saves and a 3.53 ERA in 361 games (no starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays (2014-15), New York Yankees (2016), Los Angeles Angels (2017), Padres (2017-20) and Braves (2022-23).

In 2019, he led the major leagues in saves with 41. He was named to his only All-Star team that season.

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