Former Oakland Athletics right handed starting pitcher A J Griffin, 27, on Monday has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.
Griffin was designated for assignment by the Athletics on November 20, 2015. The Athletics released him on November 25, 2015 after they signed former Boston Red Sox left handed pitcher Rich Hill to a one year contract.
Griffin has pitched for the Oakland Athletics during the 2012 and 2013 Major League Baseball seasons. Griffin did not pitch in any game for the Athletics during the 2014 and 2015 Major League Baseball season since had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April 2014 which sidelined him for the entire baseball season.
Griffin did pitch in the Stockton Ports which is the Class A branch of the Oakland Athletics in June 2015. Griffin was promoted to pitch for the Nashville Sounds which is the Class AAA branch of the Athletics on June 13, 2015.
Since the Athletics were not in contention to make the playoffs during the 2015 Major League Baseball season, they decided not to promote Griffin from the minor leagues to pitch for their team this year.
Griffin will be invited to the Texas Rangers Spring Training camp that is located in Surprise Arizona in an attempt to make the team as their starting pitcher during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
The Rangers will enter the 2016 Major League Baseball season as the defending American League West Division champions.
Griffin signed a minor league contract with the Rangers since there was no team in the Major Leagues that was wiling to sign him to a Major League Baseball contract since he is recovering from surgery to his right elbow that has kept him away from pitching in the Major Leagues for the last two seasons.
If Griffin does not make the Rangers roster as their starting pitcher at the start of the 2016 baseball season, he will likely be starting the season with their AAA minor league team the Round Rock Express.