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Jordan Danks to Texas on a minor league deal

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The Rangers added some outfield depth in their upper minors today, agreeing to a minor league deal with Jordan Danks

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The Texas Rangers and outfielder Jordan Danks have agreed on a minor league contract, according to Jon Heyman.  The 29 year old Danks spent the 2015 season in the Phillies organization, after spending 2008-14 with the ChiSox.

Danks was a 7th round pick of the ChiSox in the 2008 draft.  Danks is, of course, the lesser-known Danks brother...his brother, John, was the Rangers' first round pick in the 2003 draft, and ended up going to Chicago in the deal that brought Brandon McCarthy to Texas.

Danks has a career .224/.300/.322 line in 390 major league plate appearances in the 2012-15 seasons, and can play all three outfield positions.  He is a native of Round Rock and went to the University of Texas, so it wouldn't surprise me if the prospect of getting to play at home with the Express was a factor in Danks opting to join the Rangers' organization.

No word yet if Danks has an invite to the major league training camp, but he would seem to be a longshot to make the team.  He will presumably compete with James Jones and whoever else the Rangers bring in for the 25th spot on the roster/backup CF job, and will be in AAA as minor league depth if he doesn't make the team.