Rangers, Durazo ink Minor League deal

Rangers, Durazo ink Minor League deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers announced Tuesday that they have signed first baseman Erubiel Durazo to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Durazo underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last July 22 after hitting .237 with four home runs and 16 RBIs for the Athletics. In 2004, he hit .321 with 22 home runs and 88 RBIs.

"I was looking for a chance to play and I feel like I have it here," Durazo said. "I'm 100 percent. I have been swinging the bat since December."

In seven Major League seasons, he has a .285 career batting average with 90 home runs and 314 RBIs in 583 games.

The Rangers' interest in Durazo is mostly as a designated hitter. Phil Nevin is expected to be the Rangers designated hitter with David Dellucci as another possibility, but general manager Jon Daniels wanted depth at the position.

"Erubiel is a guy who has had a lot of success in our division and in our park," Daniels said. "He knows the league and has worked hard to come back from surgery. We want to give him the opportunity to come in here and compete for a job."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.