1B,RF - Texas Rangers - NRI
Free-agent first baseman Jared Walsh has signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers.
The deal comes with an invite to MLB spring training. It wasn't long ago the 30-year-old broke out with 29 home runs and a 126 wRC+ for the 2021 Angels but he struggled in 2022 and played just 39 games in 2023 due to migraines. He could have an outside shot at cracking the Rangers' roster as he can also play right field.
Jared Walsh has been designated for assignment by the Angles.
The 2021 All-Star has had a rough go of it as of late, hitting .202/.265/.353 since the beginning of 2022. He has battled various injuries and migraines since his breakout season and will look for a change of scenery elsewhere. He is still owed $1 million from the Angles for 2023.
Jared Walsh has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake Saturday.
Walsh has really struggled since returning from the IL on May 20th, hitting .119 with one home run and a 34 wRC+. Michael Stefanic has also been sent down to Triple-A and David Fletcher has been called up.
Jared Walsh went 1-for-1 with a solo home run, his first of the season, in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Despite a slow start to the season, Walsh has been showing signs of improvement lately, with hits in three of his last four games. His season-long batting average remains a concern, but his power potential makes him an intriguing option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Angels first baseman Jared Walsh is not in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Cubs.
Walsh had an ugly night at the plate on Wednesday, striking out three times in addition to a walk. He has come out of the gate slow following a return from the injured list due to migraines as he's hitting just .150 without a homer in 51 trips to the plate. He sports an enormous 21.6% BB% but has also struck out in 31.4% of his plate appearances so far this season.