Stubbs agrees to minor league deal with Rangers

Published 1:59 am Sunday, February 28, 2016

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Drew Stubbs agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, and the outfielder was expected to be in their major league camp Saturday.

The completion of the deal was pending Stubbs passing a physical after getting to camp.

Stubbs spent the end of last season with Texas. He had signed a minor league deal in August after being released by Colorado.

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The Rangers used Stubbs primarily as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner. He had only 21 at-bats in 27 regular-season games, then appeared in four of the five Division Series games for the AL West champions.

Stubbs gives the Rangers some depth in the outfield with slugger Josh Hamilton set to start the season on the disabled list with left knee issues.

While Hamilton is their left fielder, Stubbs can play all three outfield positions, as can offseason addition Justin Ruggiano.

The 31-year-old Stubbs has played 816 major league games with Cincinnati (2009-12), Cleveland (2013), Colorado (2014-15) and Texas.

Ruggiano signed a one-year deal in December, with the free agent’s addition coming when the team was looking for a right-handed bat and some protection with Hamilton coming off two operations on his left knee last year.

Hamilton had a cortisone shot in January but was bothered by swelling in the knee after getting to Arizona earlier this month. He received a stem cell and platelet rich plasma injection Monday and is expected to be out of the lineup until at least early May.