My morning is ruined.
#Rangers in agreement with free-agent RHP Kyle Gibson, pending physical, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 27, 2019
If you’ve spent any time on this site over the past few years, you know I’ve long been a fan of Gibson. In fact, some would say I’m a superfan. Others say delusional. No matter what, I do believe the Twins clubhouse will miss Gibson, but the Twins made the right move in the end.
Gibson is reportedly getting a 3 year, 30 million dollar contract with Texas. For a Twins team that is supposed to be going after some of the biggest free agent pitchers, that is a bit rich of a contract, so I understand why the Twins wouldn’t offer a deal like that. They had been trying to extend Gibson for a couple years, but talks broke down last off season, so a parting of ways was probably inevitable, before Gibson had a rough season.
In 2019, Gibby’s performance was marred by a spring-training bout of e. Coli and the ongoing effects of Ulcerative Colitis. He still finished with a 4.84 ERA and 4.26 FIP in 160 innings, but had been moved to the bullpen by the time the playoffs rolled around. While these numbers aren’t as good as his 2018, when Twins fans expected another step forward, they weren’t awful, so its not surprising to see him get paid. Every team needs five-plus starters, after all. He’s also well known as a clubhouse leader, served as the Twins union rep, and was the longest tenured Twin in 2019. It’s sad to see him go, but all the best in Texas to Kyle (except when he plays the Twins, I guess.)
As for me, I guess I’ll need to find a new player to
have a creepy fixation on cheer for. We’ve survived fan favorites leaving in the past, and I’ll be okay eventually. After a long staring match with the bottom of a whiskey bottle, maybe.