Bass signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday. Bass returns to Texas after playing 33 games with the club in 2015. He spent last season in Japan, where he compiled a 3.65 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in five major league seasons and will be a long shot to make the squad out of spring training.
Bass announced that he plans to continue his baseball career in the United States during the 2017 season. Bass pitched for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan last season, and went 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts and 23 relief appearances. That being said, the 29-year-old didn't see a lot of success stateside prior to leaving, as his 4.40 career ERA would suggest, which could hurt his prospects of garnering much of a role at the major league level.
Bass will play in Japan in 2016, Baseball America reports. He was traded to the Mariners during the offseason, but was then released from his contract to pursue playing overseas. He signed a contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters, and will not pitch in the big leagues this season.
Bass was released by the Mariners on Thursday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Bass initiated the release in hopes of finding a better opportunity on a team in Japan. He was expected to provide depth in the Mariners' bullpen, but his spot on the 40-man roster is now vacant. As a Ranger last season, Bass put up a 4.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 64 innings.
Bass was traded from the Rangers to the Mariners on Monday. Bass will provide the Mariners with some depth out of the bullpen as an additional piece of a trade that centered around Leonys Martin and Tom Wilhelmsen. In 64 innings with the Rangers last season, the 28-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 45 strikeouts.