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December 09, 2011

Rangers sign infielder to minor-league deal

The Rangers continue to stock up on low-risk options to be the utility infielder in 2012. They have signed Alberto Gonzalez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez can play all four infield positions, but has spent the majority of his career at second base (138 games) and shortstop (124). He has played in the majors for all or part of the past five seasons for the Mets, Nationals and Padres.

Gonzalez, a Venezuelan who will turn 28 in April, has a career average of .242 in 378 games. The Rangers signed Luis Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte to minor-league deals with invitations last week, and got Greg Miclat from Baltimore on Thursday to complete the Taylor Teagarden trade.

-- Jeff Wilson

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