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Texas Rangers news: Rangers sign Daniel Bard, Armando Galarraga

The Rangers have officially announced the signings of Daniel Bard and Armando Galarraga to minor league deals

Leon Halip

Texas Rangers news: Daniel Bard and Armando Galarraga have been signed by the Texas Rangers, according to a John Blake tweet.

It was reported over the weekend that the Rangers were close to a deal with Bard, who was a quality reliever before going south in 2012 and 2013, so this isn't a surprise on that front.  Bard is working his way back from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery, and isn't expected to be ready to pitch at the start of the season.

This is the first we've heard Galarraga linked to the Rangers, however.  Galarraga does not get an invite to the major league camp, so he's apparently strictly minor league depth.  Galarraga was a former Ranger, coming over in the Alfonso Soriano/Brad Wilkerson deal, then ended up losing his roster spot in a 40 man crunch that saw Texas trade him to Detroit.

Galarraga had a solid 2008 campaign for the Tigers, as well as his famous near-perfect game, but since 2011 has a 6.21 ERA in 66 innings, and did not pitch in the majors in 2013.