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02/06/2009 4:08 PM ET
Rangers re-sign RHP Jason Jennings to Minor League Contract
Deal includes invitation to major league spring training
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Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has re-signed right-handed pitcher Jason Jennings to a one-year minor league contract for the 2009 season. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Jennings, 30, joined the Rangers as a free agent last offseason after spending his first 8 campaigns in the Colorado Rockies organization. He made 6 starts in his American League debut with Texas, including the club's Arlington home opener, before undergoing season-ending surgery on May 30 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow for a second straight year. Jennings had a similar procedure performed on Aug. 30, 2007.

Jennings was born in Dallas and raised in Mesquite, just east of downtown, where he graduated from Poteet High School in 1996. He lettered in baseball and football at Poteet and was the district MVP on the diamond his senior year, when he batted .410 at the plate and was 10-3 with a 0.92 ERA on the mound. Jennings played three years at Baylor University in Waco, where he was the consensus 1999 National Player of the Year after his junior season. He was also the recipient of the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in America in 1999.

Jennings' father, Jim, played baseball for the University of Texas and in the Rangers' farm system. His late grandfather, James Jennings, was the long-time public address announcer for the Dallas Cowboys and Mesquite Championship Rodeo.

With this move, Texas is now scheduled to have 55 players participate in major league spring training, including 16 non-roster invitees. The Rangers still have 39 players on the club's 40-man roster.

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