Why this is a good deal for the Rangers: Minor was once a promising young starter with the Braves, winning 13 games with a 3.21 ERA in 2013, before missing all of 2015 and 2016 with shoulder problems. He returned as a reliever with the Royals in 2017 and was a great comeback story, posting a 2.55 ERA and holding batters to a .204 average while ranking ninth in the majors in relief innings.
Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million) comes off the team’s payroll after this season, and five high-priced Yankees have become free agents: CC Sabathia ($20 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million), Michael Pineda ($7.4 million), Todd Frazier ($4,918,033) and Jaime Garcia ($4,961,721).
After missing out on Japanese right-hander Shohei Ohtani, the Yankees are expected to seek starting pitching to bolster a rotation currently projected to include Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Cessa.
After throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in a shutout loss to the Ravens, Hundley bounced back for his best game of the season since taking over for Aaron Rodgers. Although Green Bay is 1-4 since Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, the losses can also be attributed to a number of injuries and a tough schedule. Hundley had a 134.3 rating and threw three touchdowns.
But their chance has arrived, and stumbling against a Texans team that misses Deshaun Watson desperately is not an option. With all that in mind, though, throw out their previous meeting in Houston, including the Texans’ 57-14 rout, Watson’s record-setting performance and Mariota’s hamstring injury that knocked him out of the game.
“Turn your focus on to the little things of your job. Going out there and executing them, focus on those details. Certainly, there is a lot of noise and chatter out there.