Rangers get right-hander Jennings for 1 year, $4 million
By Jerry Crasnick
Updated: January 16, 2008, 10:01 PM ET
The Texas Rangers have reached agreement with free-agent pitcher Jason Jennings on a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4 million, according to a baseball source.
Jennings passed a physical exam earlier this week and the team expects to announce the deal Thursday, the source said.
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.
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.
Jennings is a Dallas native and played college ball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.