The agreement was first reported by FanCred Sports.
The 35-year-old right-hander did not pitch last season while recovering from ligament reconstruction surgery on his throwing elbow in 2017.
Volquez had agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers last February, returning to his original team with a chance to be a candidate for the rotation in 2019. The deal has now been converted into a major league contract, according to The Athletic.
Volquez has a 93-87 career record in 276 games for seven teams. He made his MLB debut for the Rangers at age 22 on Aug. 30, 2005, and was traded to Cincinnati after the 2007 season in the deal that sent slugger Josh Hamilton to Texas. He also has pitched for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins.
In his best season as a major leaguer, Volquez went 17-6 and was an All-Star while pitching for the Reds in 2008. He was a 13-game winner for the Royals when they won the World Series in 2015, and threw a no-hitter for Miami in 2017.
Yonder Alonso of Cleveland Indians traded to Chicago White Sox
It wasn’t immediately known whom the Indians would receive in the trade.
Alonso, 31, hit .250 with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs last season for the Indians. A nine-year veteran, Alonso was an All-Star in 2017, when he hit 28 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners.
The White Sox have also expressed interest this offseason in slugger Manny Machado. Alonso is the brother-in-law of Machado.
News of Alonso’s trade was first reported by Stadium.
Matt Chapman of Oakland A’s has left shoulder surgery
Dr. William Workman performed a distal clavicle resection procedure on Chapman’s shoulder, the team said Friday. Chapman is expected to begin swinging a bat in six weeks.
The team said Chapman felt discomfort in the shoulder during offseason workouts. Chapman also had surgery on his right thumb Oct. 16 and was expected to recover fully from that operation by spring training.
Chapman batted .278 with 24 home runs in a breakout season. He won his first Gold Glove and finished seventh in American League MVP voting.
Brandon Hyde hired Baltimore Orioles new manager from Chicago Cubs
Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the majors. This will be Hyde’s first stint as a major league manager.
Hyde, 45, was selected by general manager Mike Elias, who began an extensive search for Showalter’s replacement after being hired last month to replace Dan Duquette.
“I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” Elias said of Hyde.
Hyde worked as Chicago’s bench coach this year under manager Joe Maddon. He was in the second of three seasons as Cubs first-base coach when the team won the World Series in 2016.
Before that, Hyde served as Rick Renteria’s bench coach in Chicago in 2014. He previously served as Chicago’s director of player development from August 2012 through 2013 after joining the Cubs in December 2011 as their minor league field coordinator.
Prior to joining the Cubs, Hyde spent nine seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. He was Miami’s bench coach from June 2010 through the end of the 2011 season.
“Brandon’s deep background in player development and major league coaching — most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a world champion — has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process,” Elias said.
Elias and Hyde will seek to develop a team that shifted into rebuild mode last July under Duquette, who traded away many of the team’s stars — most notably Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman — for 15 prospects and international bonus pool money in moves that cut payroll from $151 million to $136 million.
On the day he was introduced by Baltimore, Elias spoke about the significance of landing the right manager to shape the Orioles into a team that can be competitive in the AL East.
“This is an important hire,” Elias said on Nov. 19. “… It’s not something you rush. We want to get the right person for this time.”
Hyde will be formally introduced as the 20th manager in Orioles history on Monday.
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