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Texas Rangers sign RHP Tony Barnette, per report

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Evan Grant says the Rangers have agreed to a two year deal with reliever Tony Barnette

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The Texas Rangers have agreed on a two year major league deal with righthanded reliever Tony Barnette, according to Evan Grant.

Barnette, 32, was a 10th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1983 2006 draft out of Arizona State, and has been pitching in Japan since the 2010 season.  Barnette has had some really good years and a couple of really bad years for the Yakult Swallows over the Japanese PCL during that time, but last year put up a 1.29 ERA in 62.2 IP, with 56 Ks against 19 walks.

Barnette will presumably be in the mix for a job in the Rangers' bullpen this year, and the addition of Barnette, and Tom Wilhelmsen, who came over to Texas in the Leonys Martin trade, may prompt the Rangers to be more aggressive in shopping closer Shawn Tolleson, whose name has come up in trade talks.  Tolleson established himself as a proven closer in 2015, and quality relievers have been fetching a hefty return on both the free agent market and via trade.

UPDATE -- Jeff Wilson tweets that, per a club source, the deal is two years plus a club option.