Jepsen was released Friday after refusing a minor-league assignment, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports.
Jepsen was designated for assignment Monday, and he'll look to catch on elsewhere after being cut. He accrued a 5.94 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with eight strikeouts across 16.2 innings with the Rangers this season.
Jepsen was designated for assignment Monday.
Jepsen struggled greatly through 16.2 innings for the Rangers this season, posting a 5.94 ERA and an even worse 7.46 FIP. He walked more batters (11) than he struck out (eight). The 33-year-old hasn't posted an ERA below 5.90 since 2015, so the odds of him getting picked up by another team aren't particularly high. In a corresponding move, Matt Bush was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
Jepsen retired the side in order, striking out one, to register his second hold of the season in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Mariners.
It was a tight, one-run game when Jepsen came on the face some of the Mariners' most dangerous hitters -- Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger -- and allowed no runs for the ninth time in 11 appearances. He's settling into an eighth-inning setup role for the Rangers and has a 1.69 ERA over 10.2 innings. Should there be any need to move Keone Kela out of the closer's role, Jepsen would be considered as a potential replacement.
Jepsen will be behind Keone Kela for save chances to begin the season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
A non-roster invitee to major-league camp, Jepsen turned in a stellar spring, striking out nine without a walk in 10.2 innings. His contract was officially selected Thursday. As Weaver puts it, "It's [Kela's job] until he can't, and then it's Jepsen." Alex Claudio will also be in the mix for occasional opportunities, but with Jepsen entering Opening Day as the next man up behind Kela -- who has dealt with injuries issues throughout his young career -- there will likely be many in AL-only leagues scrambling to add him to their rosters.
Manager Jeff Banister included Jepsen when talking about his options to close games, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "We have a couple of guys we are comfortable closing out a game for us," the manager said. "[Keone] Kela, [Kevin] Jepsen, [Jake] Diekman ... these guys have shown the ability to close games for us. We have some options available to us."
Banister also mentioned Alex Claudio, the man who finished last season as the closer, but would like to use him up and down the inning spectrum. Jepsen, 33, appears to be on the outside of that group, but he did save 22 games in 2015 and 2016 for the Rays and Twins. The non-roster invitee was a pleasant surprise this spring, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts over 10.2 innings. The bullpen was a disaster in 2017, so anyone who gets outs consistently will pitch high-leverage situations.
Jepsen will make the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Jepsen joined the Rangers as a non-roster invitee in December. The team will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to add him, but he appears to have made the team. The 33-year-old righty hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016, when he posted a 5.98 ERA in 49.2 innings for the Twins and Rays. He'll fill a low-leverage role for the Rangers this season and is unlikely to have a significant fantasy impact.
Jepsen allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of relief in Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
The appearance marked the first time this spring the Rangers used Jepsen on back-to-back days, a signal that manager Jeff Banister is buying into the 33-year-old non-roster invitee. He's allowed four hits and one run over 9.1 innings in the Cactus League. The Rangers had a league-worst 6.06 ERA in the sixth inning and tied for 21st with a 4.94 ERA in the seventh last season. Banister is looking for relievers that can get outs on the way to putting a game into the hands of a closer. This is where Jepsen may be able to help.
Jepsen struck out three and retired all four men faced in Friday's game against Seattle.
Jepsen hasn't walked a batter this spring over 7.1 innings and has allowed just one run on two hits while striking out seven. In camp on a non-roster invitation, the 33-year-old is making a case to break camp with a spot on the 25-man roster.
Jepsen signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Jepsen took awhile to catch on in 2017, but eventually made his way to Washington, where he struck out 11 batters per nine innings with its Triple-A affiliate. Though a 5.32 ERA at that level isn't anything to write home about, the Rangers saw enough potential to give the right-hander an opportunity to compete for a role in the bullpen.
Jepsen agreed to a deal with Washington on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Jepsen will provide some depth to the bullpen by signing a minor-league deal with the team. The veteran reliever was released by Arizona prior to Opening Day, and had accumulated a 5.98 ERA with a 35:21 K:BB during the 2016 season. Jepsen was much better in both 2014 and 2015 (posting a combined ERA under 2.50), but it's likely that the right-hander is rusty and will need time in the minors before earning the opportunity to appear in high-leverage situations with the big-league club.
Jepsen was released by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.
The 32-year-old reliever posted a 12.27 ERA in 3.2 innings this spring, so it's no surprise that he was cut loose. It's possible that he'll catch on elsewhere, but it's hard to see him earning high-leverage innings anytime soon.
Jepsen signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.
After compiling a 2.33 ERA across 69.2 innings in 2015, Jepsen fell apart completely while splitting last season between the Twins and Rays. In addition to seeing his strikeout rate drop to 6.3 K/9, Jepsen served up a whopping 12 homers in 49.2 innings, which was the chief reason behind his bloated 5.98 ERA. Jepsen's prior success at the MLB level will at least give him an opportunity to audition for a bullpen gig with the Diamondbacks, but at 32 years old, he could already be past his expiration date.
Jepsen became a free agent Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jepsen joined the Rays partway through the season, but his results with Tampa Bay were not much better than those in the Twin Cities. He has a wealth of major league experience and is only a year removed from a very strong campaign, which could help the 32-year-old ink a major league contract over the winter.
Jepsen was credited with his fifth hold of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jays, giving up only one hit during a scoreless eighth inning.
The 32-year-old righty has had an up-and-down September, giving up five earned runs over two appearances, but turning in scoreless efforts in three others. Jepsen is enduring the second-worst statistical season of his career, posting a 2-6 record, 5.88 ERA and 35:20 K:BB over 49 innings with the Twins and Rays.
Jepsen notched his fourth hold with a scoreless, one-strikeout inning against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Jepsen bounced back from having given up an earned run in each of his last two outings with a particularly sharp effort Friday. He fired 11 of 14 pitches for strikes in the seventh while protecting a 4-2 lead, setting down Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Jose Bautista with relative ease. The 32-year-old continues to have trouble finding consistency and still sports a bloated 1.61 WHIP and 5.21 ERA, so it remains to be seen if he can build some momentum in the campaign's final month.
Jepsen has allowed eight hits and three runs over 9.1 innings since joining the Rays on July 14.
Considering his awful 6.16 ERA with the Twins earlier this year, Jepsen may have needed a change of scenery. Batters had a .978 OPS against him in Minnesota compared to .704 with the Rays. He's still not striking people out though, averaging almost two strikeouts per nine (6.7) less with the Rays than his career average before the season (8.5).
Jepsen made the third appearance of his latest Rays tenure in Wednesday's 11-3 victory over the Rockies, giving up an earned run on two hits over an inning while striking out two.
The veteran reliever, who amassed 22 holds and five saves over 41.2 innings with Tampa last season, gave up the first earned run of his 2016 stint with the team when he surrendered a rather meaningless RBI single to Daniel Descalso in the eighth. Otherwise, Jepsen looked sharp while throwing 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes and recording his first pair of whiffs since joining the Rays on July 14. The 31-year-old struggled with the Twins earlier in 2016, amassing a 6.16 ERA over 30.2 innings.
Jensen re-signed with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Mike Berardino of Pioneer Press reports.
Jepsen was released by the Twins on Monday after posting an awful 6.16 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 30.2 innings this season. He'll now head back to Tampa Bay, where he spent the majority of the 2015 season, to provide bullpen depth. Before 2016, the right hander posted two consecutive seasons with an ERA below 2.70 and WHIP below 1.15 and at only 31 years old, he should have something left in the tank.
Jepsen was released by the Twins on Monday and is now a free agent, Dustin Morse of the Minnesota Twins reports.
The Twins finally cut ties with Jepsen who has been awful all season long, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.76 WHIP with just 6.5 K/9 in 33 relief appearances. The 31-year-old will hit free agency and look to sign with a new team for the second half of the 2016 season.
Jepsen was designated for assignment Sunday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
It's quite the fall from grace for Jepsen, who had previously claimed the closer's role in April after Glen Perkins (shoulder) was shut down for the season. Jepsen proved volatile as the Twins' ninth-inning man, blowing four of his 11 chances before manager Paul Molitor elected to turn to a combination of Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad as his closing duo. With the 31-year-old sitting on a 6.16 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 30.2 innings on the season and showing little signs of improvement, the Twins decided it was best to move on from the reliever, so look for them to try and facilitate a trade before exposing him to the waiver wire. If Jepsen ends up landing elsewhere, he'd likely be utilized in low-leverage situations initially.
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|2012||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||25.0||23||0||0||2||2||2||35||9||18||3.24||1.080|
|2013||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.000|
|2013||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||2.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2||13.50||2.000|