Guthrie signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Monday and will report to Triple-A, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. The 37-year-old opted out of his deal with the Padres earlier this month, and he'll now join the Marlins in hopes of reinvigorating his career. Guthrie made 30 appearances, including 24 starts, for the Royals last season but struggled in 11 Triple-A appearances for San Diego, amassing a 6.60 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 60 innings. Expectations will be low in Miami, but if Guthrie is able to string together a few solid starts at Triple-A, he could work his way into a spot start or two at the major league level.
Guthrie plans to opt out of his Triple-A contract with the Padres to become a free agent, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. The 37-year-old owns a very poor 6.60 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through 11 starts at the Triple-A level this season. This opt out could provide the change of scenery necessary to get his season back on track, but his days as an effective major league starter could be over.
Guthrie signed a minor league deal with the Padres on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. The 36-year-old went 8-8 with a disappointing 5.95 ERA with the Royals in 2015. His 5.14 ERA in spring training was likely a reason the Rangers released him, and he will look to start fresh with the Padres heading into the season. It is possible Guthrie could push for the fifth spot in the rotation or simply serve as organizational depth, depending on how he performs.
Guthrie was granted his release from the Rangers on Monday, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports. Guthrie was in the mix for the fifth starter spot until Yu Darvish's expected return in May, but the Rangers have decided to go elsewhere for that position. Guthrie has a lot of major league experience, which could help him land on another major league roster, although the back issues he's been having this spring could also deter some teams. With the veteran out of the fold, AJ Griffin and Nick Martinez are the two remaining competitors for the final rotation spot.
Guthrie (back) pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut Tuesday. A healthy Guthrie is expected to compete for the fifth spot in the Texas rotation until Yu Darvish's expected return in mid-May.
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