The free agent right-hander was designated for assignment by the Rangers on March 26 and has agreed to a minor league contract, pending a physical. The signing was reported in tonight's official game notes.
Bauer, 30, went 3-1 with 2 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 58 games (1 start) for Texas last season. The 6-6, 235 pounder was originally selected by Baltimore in the 5th round of the 1997 draft. In his major league career, he is 11-14 with 12 saves and a 4.34 ERA in 183 games (10 starts) for Baltimore (2001-05) and Texas (2006).
Beerleaguer: Gillick continues to scour the waiver wire for bullpen scraps, but this one could actually help. Baltimore had been trying to make Bauer into a starter for years, but now his future is in the pen. He’s been in Ottawa before, which is where he could start, but I see no reason he couldn’t fill a Rick White-type role eventually and maybe exceed that. Hardball Times pitching win shares rated him as the 27th best American League reliever last season, and in situations classified as "close and late," he held opponents to a .634 OPS.
I agree here – no reason to pass on a guy who pitched 78 good innings last season and can eat innings. But until space is cleared on the roster, Bauer is only good inventory. Matt Smith would be my first choice to be optioned to Ottawa to regain his command.
Lastly, no need to mention the Orioles GM who originally drafted Bauer back in 1997. It's standard practice.