The Phillies are interested in a trade for Minor, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Minor is expected to be the Rangers' opening-day starter, but as a team in rebuild mode, Texas may consider moving the 31-year-old left-hander. Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler has expressed interest in adding a southpaw to a rotation that's been predominately right-handed over the past two seasons. After attempts to add Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ during the offseason didn't materialize, the Phillies are turning to more affordable options. Minor is under contract through 2020 and due to make $9.83 million in each year.
Minor won't make his final start of the season this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers will shut down Minor as he reached 157 innings after serving as a reliever with the Royals in 2017. The 30-year-old finishes the season with a 12-8 record, 4.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 132:38 K:BB in 28 starts.
Minor (12-8) allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four across 4.2 innings to take the loss against the Mariners on Saturday. Minor entered Saturday riding a string of impressive starts, but his outing was spoiled by a three-run homer by Robinson Cano. He struggled to find the strike zone, which forced him to throw 96 pitches in order to record just 14 outs. Minor now has a 4.18 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 157 innings and will look to end the season on a positive note in Seattle on Thursday.
Minor (12-7) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings to pick up the win over the Angels on Monday. Minor won for the sixth time in his last seven starts and has become the Rangers' ace. He leads the team in innings pitched, an improbable feat for a pitcher that hadn't been a starter since 2014. The left-hander carries a 2.70 ERA over his last eight starts into Sunday's start at San Diego.
Minor improved to 10-6 after throwing six scoreless innings Wednesday against the Athletics, striking out four and allowing just one hit and one walk. Minor missed a start due to back stiffness but showed no ill effects Wednesday, posting one of his best starts of the season. The only apparent effect of the issue was that Minor left after throwing just 73 pitches despite facing the minimum through six innings. The veteran lefty has now won his last four starts.