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Rangers sign three to minor league deals

The Rangers have added three more pitchers as NRIs this spring

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The Texas Rangers have signed pitchers Shane Greene, Austin Pruitt and Jonathan Holder to minor league contracts, the team announced today. All three also received invitations to major league camp.

Greene, a 35 year old righthander, was originally a 15th round draft choice of the New York Yankees in 2009. After the 2014 season he was part of the three way trade involving New York, Detroit and Arizona that saw Robbie Ray go to Arizona and Didi Gregorius go to the Yankees, with Greene ending up with the Tigers.

Greene struggled as a starter with the Tigers in 2015, and since then has been a reliever. He had a nice stretch a few years ago that culminated in an All Star appearance in 2019, but put up a 7.23 ERA in 28 appearances in 2021 for the Braves and Dodgers, then pitched a total of six innings over four games in the majors the past two seasons.

Pruitt, 34, was born in Plano and was a 9th round pick of the Rays out of the University of Houston in 2013. Pruitt pitched for the Rays from 2017-19, mostly in relief, appeared in six games in the majors in 2021, and has spent the last two seasons with the Oakland A’s, putting up a 3.65 ERA and 4.54 FIP over 103 innings in 77 appearances. He is a righty with big platoon splits who doesn’t strike hardly anyone out.

Holder, a 30 year old righty, was a 6th round pick of the Yankees out of Mississippi State in 2014. He spent time pitching out of the bullpen for the Yankees from 2016-20. He missed all of 2021 due to a right shoulder strain and most of 2022, pitching in a handful of games in the Cubs’ minor league system late in the year. He spent 2023 pitching at AAA for the Angels, putting up a 5.40 ERA in 66.2 IP with 76 Ks against 40 walks.

These are all depth guys. The Rangers will give them a look in spring training, but they’ll be on the fringes of any roster battles, and most likely are looked at as relievers for Round Rock.