ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached an agreement with infielder Alberto Gonzalez on a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.Gonzalez, 27, is a right-handed hitter who played in 102 games for the Padres last season and batted .215 with a .256 on-base percentage and a .283 slugging percentage. In 247 at-bats, he scored 18 runs, accumulating one home run, 32 RBIs and one stolen base. Gonzalez has spent parts of the past five seasons with the Yankees, D-backs and Padres and has a career .242 batting average, .281 OBP and .317 slugging percentage. Gonzalez has played all four infield positions and even appeared in one game as an outfielder. He has played 138 games at second base, 124 at shortstop and 66 at third base. At this point, he is in the mix to be the Rangers' backup utility infielder, although they are still looking to add more candidates before the offseason ends.
Details of Nathan's contract emerge
ARLINGTON -- Rangers closer Joe Nathan could earn up to $1 million in incentives this coming season and, under the terms of his contract, could opt out of the third year even if the Rangers exercise a club option for 2014.Last month, Nathan and the Rangers agreed to a two-year, $14.75 million contract that includes a $9 million club option for 2014. The right-hander will make $7 million in both '12 and '13, and there is a $750,000 buyout for '14 if the Rangers pick up the option. If the Rangers do pick up the option, Nathan could get out of the contract and forfeit the buyout if he finishes 55 games in 2013 and 100 games between '12 and '13. Nathan will earn $100,000 for 45 games finished in 2012, $300,000 for 50 games finished, $300,000 for 55 games finished and $300,000 for 60 games finished. Tigers reliever Jose Valverde led the Majors with 70 games finished this past season, while Rangers closer Neftali Feliz was ninth with 57 games finished.
Rangers to honor Gentry, Murphy
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Craig Gentry has been named the Rangers' Rookie of the Year by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Gentry batted .271 in 64 games this past season and was successful on all 18 of his stolen-base attempts. He is currently playing for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League and batted .250 in his first four games. David Murphy has been selected as the winner of the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award. Both will be honored at the 2012 Texas Rangers Dr. Pepper Awards Show on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Arlington Convention Center. The Dr. Pepper Awards Show will be a theater-style seating event. Doors to the Arlington Convention Center will open at 6:30 p.m. CT, and the Awards Show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $75 each for Reserved Seating and $50 for General Admission, and they can be purchased at texasrangers.com.
Rangers' Spring Training report date set
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers and catchers will report to the club's Spring Training complex in Surprize, Ariz., on Feb. 22, with the first workout scheduled for Feb. 23. The first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 26, and Texas' first Cactus League game is set for March 4 against the Royals in Surprise.
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