Veteran pitcher Jose Contreras is not retiring after being released by the Rangers this spring, a source told MLBDailyDish.com. Contreras is currently pitching in Mexico, and his contract includes an opt-out clause for opportunities in the majors or overseas.
The Rangers have told pitcher Jose Contreras he will not make the roster, so he is considering his options. The 42-year-old reliever is considering retirement, per MLB.com.
If the Rangers don't bring in a high-profile free agent starting pitcher, then they will have many in-house choices to replace Derek Holland, who is expected to miss half the season due to a knee injury. Among the candidates are Colby Lewis, Nick Tepesch, Michael Kirkman, Jose Contreras, Luke Jackson and Alex Gonzalez, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. However, the paper notes it "would seem slim" that Gonzalez, the team's 2013 first-round pick, and Jackson, the team's minor-league pitcher of the year, would make the opening day rotation. "If you look at our guys that finished the year with us, it's Yu Darvish and Martin Perez and that's really about it," pitching coach Mike Maddux said Tuesday. "We'd like to have some of these guys step up. Some of these guys that were healthy need to continue to be healthy, and some of these guys who were not, we'd love for them to regain their health. "But we're really looking for these diamonds in the rough to step up and fill the voids that we have. There's going to be some intra-staff competition for those spots, and it's going to be the 12 best fits that we can set up."
The Rangers have signed outfielder Bryan Petersen and pitchers Nathan Adcock and Jose Contreras to minor-league deals with invitations to spring training. Petersen spent all of 2013 with Triple-A New Orleans, hitting .275/.363/.407 with eight home runs, 49 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 506 at-bats. Adcock went 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a 69:50 K:BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings between Triple-A clubs Omaha and Reno. Contreras made seven appearances with the Pirates, allowing five earned runs in five innings, as well as going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB ratio in 33 innings across three minor-league levels.
The Boston Red Sox have released pitcher Jose Contreras from the organization, WEEI.com reports Monday. Contreras was pitching with Triple-A Pawtucket. Contreras, 41, came to Boston from the Pirates organization. He had a 6.52 ERA with Pawtucket over eight appearances in relief.