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August 17, 2010

Rangers sign Alex Cora to minor-league deal

The Rangers have struck quickly to shore up their infield depth, signing Alex Cora to a minor-league contract a day after Joaquin Arias made two costly mistakes in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

Cora, who was released last week by the Mets, is a 13-year veteran who has been to the postseason four times and won a World Series ring with Boston in 2007. He was hitting .207 in 169 at-bats for the Mets before getting let go.

Cora will report to Triple A Oklahoma City on Wednesday and could join the Rangers for the start of the next homestand. The Rangers can create a spot on the 40-man roster by dumping Arias, whose two misplays cost the Rangers dearly during a four-run eighth inning for Tampa Bay that lifted the Rays out of a two-run hole.

-- Jeff Wilson

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