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December 05, 2013

Jose Contreras among three non-roster signings headed to camp with Rangers

Jose Contreras is looking to become the second oldest player in Texas Rangers history.

The veteran right-hander turns 42 on Friday and has signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to big league camp with the Rangers, the team announced Thursday.

The team also signed right-hander Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to minor-league deals with invites to camp.

Contreras had one stint in the big leagues last season, pitching in a relief role for the Pittsburgh Pirates in May. He also spent time in the Red Sox organization last year.

The Cuba native has a career record of 78-67 with a 4.57 ERA over 299 games, including 175 starts. He might be best known for his 2005-06 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. He helped them win the World Series in '05, and then made the American League All-Star team in '06.

Contreras, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in June of 2012, would be second only to Nolan Ryan among oldest players in club history, if he appears for the Rangers next season.

Adcock, 25, had stints in the big leagues in 2011-12 with Kansas City, and split last season in the Royals and Diamondbacks organizations.

Petersen, 27, spent last season with the Marlins' Triple A affiliate. He made his big-league debut with Miami in 2010, and appeared with the Marlins each of the next three seasons. 

-- Drew Davison

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