The Rangers continue to explore all options for the 2013 bullpen, but they know the latest pretty well. They announced that Yoshinori Tateyama has agreed to a minor-league contract and will come to big-league camp as a non-roster invite.
It will be the third straight big-league camp for Tateyama, who has yet to crack the Opening Day roster. He was on the disabled list at the start of 2012 before being reinstated and optioned to Triple A Round Rock.
Tateyama worked only 17 innings in 2012, but had 44 as a rookie in 2011. He's a change-of-pace reliever who doesn't throw hard but has shown in stretches that he can be effective.
The Rangers also announced plans for the annual Winter Caravan, which this off-season will kick off Jan. 9 at the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Mesquite. There will be 13 stops this year at Academy Sports and Outdoors locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Players will be announced at a later date.
Here is the schedule:
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3677 Emporium Circle, Mesquite
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1101 West Arbrook Blvd., Arlington
Sunday, January 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 6101 I-20, Fort Worth
Sunday, January 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 4000 Preston Road, Frisco
Monday, January 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 7700 South Walker Ave (at I-240), Oklahoma City
Tuesday, January 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 3201 Lawrence Rd., Wichita Falls
Wednesday, January 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 2801 Beene Blvd., Bossier City, LA
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., 8668 South Broadway Ave., Tyler
Wednesday, January 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 4071 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio
Thursday, January 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m., 1104 C-Bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park
Friday, January 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m., 210 North New Road, Waco
Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 7441 Northeast Loop 820, North Richland Hills
Thursday, January 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 3950 John Knox Drive (at Cedar Run Road), Abilene
-- Jeff Wilson