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Texas Rangers sign LHP Michael Roth to minor league deal

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The Rangers have signed lefthanded pitcher Michael Roth to a minor league deal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers have signed lefthanded pitcher Michael Roth to a minor league deal, though without an invitation to the major league camp, according to Jeff Wilson on Twitter.

Roth became something of a minor sensation for shooting up the ranks and making his major league debut in April, 2013, for the Angels, less than a year after the Angels had selected him in the 9th round of the 2012 draft.  Roth split both the 2013 and 2014 seasons between AA and the majors, pitching in relief for the Angels in the big leagues while working mostly as a starter in the minors.

He became a free agent after being dropped from the 40 man roster at the end of the 2014 season, and spent 2015 pitching for the Indians' AAA affiliate, putting up a 4.85 ERA while splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen.

Roth, who turned 26 last week, appears to be just a depth move, and will likely be a swingman type for Round Rock or Frisco this season.  He could end up in the majors if the Rangers decide they need an extra arm in the bullpen for a short period of time, but it seems unlikely he'll see big league time in 2016 with Texas.