What the heck will Matt Bush bring to the table?
The Matt Bush story is long and tumultuous, and when the former #1 overall draft pick was sentenced to 51 months in jail in late 2012 for a DUI, many thought it was over. However, Bush was released from prison in October 2015, and in December the Rangers signed Bush to a one-year minor league deal with a plethora of different stipulations, including a no-tolerance policy which restricts Bush from drinking alcohol or driving a vehicle. The Rangers have experience dealing with players who have substance abuse problems (one Josh Hamilton is a good example), so if there’s a team that might be able to turn Bush back into a productive professional player, the Rangers are probably it. Bush was drafted as a shortstop but eventually converted to a pitcher while with the Padres organization. Bush’s pitching career was short, but he racked up an incredible 14.2 K/9 across 71.2 minor league innings for a 4.14 ERA. Obviously, Bush hasn’t been active in baseball since 2011, but perhaps he kept himself in shape during his prison sentence. Whether or not he’s able to ever be an effective professional ballplayer ever again remains to be seen.