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01/23/12 5:10 PM EST
Rangers sign pair of relievers to Minors deals
Left-hander Stetter, righty Green invited to big league camp
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have signed left-handed pitcher Mitch Stetter and right-hander Sean Green to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
Stetter, 31, has pitched in 132 Major League games with the Brewers, and is 8-2 with a 4.08 ERA. He has held left-handed hitters to a .194 batting average over his career, giving him a chance to make the team as a left-handed relief specialist.
He missed most of last season with a left hip injury and pitched in just 16 games. His best season in the Major Leagues was in 2009, when he went 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 71 games for the Brewers. He was also 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 30 games for Milwaukee in '08.
Green, 32, has pitched in 264 Major League games over the past six seasons, with the Mariners, Mets and Brewers. He has a record of 10-12 with a 4.41 ERA. He pitched in 14 games for the Brewers last season, and was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He has been used strictly as a reliever in his Major League career.
In other Rangers news, arbitration hearings have been set for shortstop Elvis Andrus, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz. Andrus' hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 9, Napoli's will be on Feb. 15 and Cruz's on Feb. 17. All three will be held in Tampa if the Rangers can't reach an agreement before those dates.