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December 16, 2010

Rangers span globe with minor-league additions

The Rangers have signed a Japanese outfielder, a Dutch infielder and a Dominican right-hander who pitched last year in Mexico to minor-league contracts that do not include invitations to big-league camp.

Hirotoshi Onaka becomes the second Japanese player the Rangers have signed this off-season, along with righty Yoshinori Tateyama. Onaka, 22, played four seasons at International Pacific University, hitting .327 in his career. He's a switch-hitter who plays center field.

Nick Urbanus hales from the Netherlands and is also a switch-hitter. Signed Nov. 30, Urbanus is 30 years old and plays shortstop.

Yhency Brazoban has spent part of five seasons in the major leagues, but hasn't pitched there since 2008. He was a handy reliever for Minatitlan and Mexico City last year in the Mexican League, going 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA and 9.99 strikeouts per nine innings.

-- Jeff Wilson

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Urbanus is 17. Brazoban is 30.

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