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Texas Rangers sign Carlos Peguero to minor league deal

The Rangers have reportedly signed 27 year old outfielder Carlos Peguero to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Peguero to a minor league deal, according to reports on Twitter.

Peguero, who turns 28 in February, is a big, lefthanded hitter who was once considered a pretty decent power prospect in the Seattle Mariners system.  However, he could never make consistent contact in the majors, putting up a .196/.245/.379 line with 8 unintentional walks and 89 strikeouts in 229 plate appearances from 2011-14 in the majors.  He was purchased from the M's by the Kansas City Royals last January, and was released by the Royals about a month ago.

Peguero hit .266/.349/.563 with 45 walks and 138 Ks for Omaha in the PCL last season.  He gives the Rangers some outfield depth for Round Rock in 2015, but while he does have an invitation to the major league camp, he's probably not someone you will be hoping gets any meaningful playing time for the Rangers this coming season.

UPDATE -- On Twitter, Tepid reminds us that Peguero's wife pleaded guilty last February of using Felix Hernandez's wife's financial information to go on a "personal three month spending spree."  She was sentenced to a year and a day in jail, and at the time of her sentencing, was reportedly pregnant.