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10 teams showing interest in free agent pitcher Kyle Gibson

Kyle Gibson

Ten teams have already shown interest in free-agent right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Gibson is coming off of a 2019 campaign with the Minnesota Twins in which he went 13-7 with a 4.84 ERA, allowing 175 hits while striking out 160 batters over 160 innings of work.

Those are not exactly impressive numbers, but Gibson has had stronger seasons in the past, and it should be noted that Gibson dealt with ulcerative colitis in 2019.

The 32-year-old was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 36th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, but he instead elected to play collegiate baseball at the University of Missouri. Three years later, he was chosen by the Twins in the first round.

Gibson made his big-league debut in 2013, making 10 starts and going 2-4 with a 6.53 ERA. The following year, he became a full-time starter for Minnesota, going 13-12 with a 4.47 ERA, surrendering 178 hits while fanning 107 hitters across 179.1 frames.

The Greenfield, In. native then had a solid 2015 campaign, as he went 11-11 with a 3.84 ERA while giving up 186 hits and registering 145 punchouts through 194.2 innings.

Gibson proceeded to post back-to-back 5.07 ERA seasons in 2016 and 2017 before putting together a nice 2018 campaign, going 10-13 with a 3.62 ERA, permitting 177 hits while notching 179 strikeouts over 196.2 frames.

Given that Gibson’s strikeout rate has been increasing over the past several years, teams who miss out on some of the top available starters may take a flier on the righty.

In 193 outings and 188 starts over the course of his career, Gibson has gone 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA while averaging seven strikeouts per nine innings.