Tony Barnette

#43 RP / Texas Rangers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 lb Age: 34 College: Arizona State Bats/Throws R/R

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    • The Rangers turned down Barnette's team option for the 2018 season Monday, making him a free agent. Barnette was a liability on the mound during the 2017 season. Over 50 games (57.1 innings) he threw for a 5.49 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Opponents hit Barnette with ease, as batters owned a .281 batting average with him on the mound. Barnette pieced together a 2.09 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 53 games (60.1 innings) in 2016, so he does carry some upside. However, with his recent struggles, Barnette may need to use spring training to show he's deserving of a spot in a team's major-league bullpen.

    • Barnette ceded five runs on four hits and one walk and a wild pitch while retiring just one batter in Wednesday's 12-2 loss to the Astros. With just five runs allowed over his previous 13 appearances combined, Barnette squandered much of the goodwill he'd built up by imploding in grand fashion Wednesday. Two of the four hits he allowed were home runs, and his rough showing effectively ended any hope the Rangers had of mounting a comeback. The blowup increased Barnette's ERA to 5.49 over 57.1 innings of the season, and couldn't have come at a worse time with the offseason approaching. Barnette's contract contains a $4 million club option for 2018, and it's unclear at this point if the Rangers will be interested in retaining his rights.

    • Rangers' Tony Barnette: Finishes out seventh inning
      By RotoWire Staff

      Barnette retired only two of four batters faced, but kept the Mariners off the board Tuesday during the Rangers' 3-1 win. Entering the contest in the seventh inning with one out and nobody on, Barnette immediately put himself into hot water by loading the bases with a walk and back-to-back base hits. Fortunately, he was able to escape the inning unscathed by picking Yonder Alonso off third base, then coaxing a lineout from Ben Gamel. Barnette has yielded just one run in his last nine appearances and seems to have established himself as one of manager Jeff Banister's most trusted late-inning options.

    • Rangers' Tony Barnette: Notches second save
      By RotoWire Staff

      Barnette managed to pick up his second save despite allowing one run on one hit with three walks and one strikeout in the ninth inning Sunday. Barnette entered after Jason Grilli allowed two base hits without recording an out to open the ninth. While Los Angeles was able to trim a 7-3 Texas lead to 7-6, Barnette eventually got the job done by getting Luis Valbuena to ground into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. He'll continue to mix in during the ninth inning even though this outing did little to gain manager Jeff Banister's trust.

    • Barnette threw a scoreless 10th frame during Wednesday's win over the Angels to pick up his first save of the season. Jose Leclerc initially came in to close the game out in the 10th, but after Leclerc walked the first two batters he faced, manager Jeff Banister turned to Barnette, who allowed just one hit en route to his first career big-league save. Still, he owns an unimpressive 5.08 ERA in 44.1 innings this season, so don't expect him to see many, if any, save opportunities the rest of the way. Alex Claudio, who tossed two scoreless innings Wednesday, is still the Rangers' top option for saves, while Barnette will stick to a setup role with Matt Bush (knee) sidelined.

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