Rangers get right-hander Jennings for 1 year, $4 million
Free agent right-hander Jason Jennings agreed to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $4 million to join the Texas Rangers rotation. The deal also includes unspecified incentive bonuses based on how much he pitches in 2008.
The Rangers made an announcement Thursday morning.
"It's almost kind of a new life for me," Jennings said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. "Getting to play at home, a new team, an exciting team, an exciting environment and me feeling healthy. All things are good right now."
Jennings, 29, is 60-65 with a career 4.91 ERA in seven major league seasons with Colorado and Houston. He went 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA in 19 appearances with the Astros last year before going down with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. He underwent surgery in late August to repair the injury."I'm not the pitcher that everybody saw last year because that was not me," Jennings said. "Last year was so frustrating."
Jennings has been throwing off a mound and long-tossing at a distance of 200 feet, and the Rangers expect him to be ready by Opening Day. He'll join Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Brandon McCarthy and Kason Gabbard in Texas' projected rotation."At this point last year, I was getting a little worried, just not feeling right," Jennings said. "This year, I feel great, and truly better than I have in the last couple of years."
Jennings is a Dallas native and played college ball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN Insider. The Associated Press contributed to this report.