Jake Diekman’s chances of pitching in the Major League Baseball playoffs increased Tuesday.
According to reports, the Texas Rangers have traded the Wymore native to the Arizona Diamondbacks. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick was the first to report it.
Diekman has been with the Rangers since 2015 after he was acquired in a midseason trade from Philadelphia. The left-handed relief specialist has appeared in 47 games this year, owning a 3.69 earned-run average with 48 strikeouts.
He’ll soon be pitching for an Arizona team thick in the National League West Division race. They are currently 59-49 and just a half game behind the division leading LA Dodgers.
Diekman’s best season in Texas came in 2016 when he had 30 saves and holds in 32 chances. He missed more than half of the 2017 season because of his recovery from ulcerative colitis. He started a nonprofit organization called Gut It Out to help those who battle the disease.
The Rangers are in the midst of a two game series at Arizona, so Diekman will just have to switch clubhouses.
Diekman is set to enter free agency in the offseason and is making $2.71 million per year.