Rangers sign RHP Jose Contreras to minor deal

Jose Contreras, the Cuban right-hander who turns 42 on Friday,

has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that

includes a non-roster invitation to major league spring


Contreras spent last season with the Pittsburgh and Boston

organizations. He had ligament replacement surgery on his right

elbow in June 2012 and spent last spring rehabbing before making

seven relief appearances for the Pirates in May.

Also Thursday, Texas signed right-hander Nate Adcock and

outfielder Bryan Petersen to minor league deals with the same

invitation to spring training as Contreras. Adcock and Petersen

both have major league experience.

Contreras has a 78-67 career record in the major leagues, with a

4.57 ERA over 299 games with the New York Yankees, Chicago White

Sox, Colorado, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.