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January 26, 2013

Rangers sign Baker, Robertson to minor league deals

The Texas Rangers announced the signing of two veteran players to minor-league deals with invites to big league spring training.

Infielder/outfielder Jeff Baker, who had stints with the Cubs, Tigers and Braves last season, and left-hander Nate Robertson, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010, will be with the team when they open spring training next month at their facility in Surprise, Ariz.

Baker, 31, has eight years of major league experience. He hit .239 with four home runs and 25 RBIs last year, and is a career .266 batter.

Robertson's signing was known a few days ago, but became official today. The 35-year-old last pitched for the Marlins and Phillies in 2010. He was with the Cubs' and Blue Jays' Triple A affiliates last year, as well as pitching for the independent Wichita Wingnuts.

With the two signings, the Rangers have 59 players set to report to big league camp.

-- Drew Davison

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