Rangers sign veteran reliever

Rangers sign veteran reliever

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added another arm to what potentially could be a deep bullpen when they signed right-hander Franklyn German to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Friday.

German has appeared in 138 games over the past five years with the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins with a career record of 8-4 with a 4.60 ERA.

Once considered a top prospect, he has never mastered his control and has walked 106 batters in 137 innings. His best season was with the Tigers in 2005 when he went 4-0 with a 3.66 ERA in 58 games.

He was claimed on waivers by the Florida Marlins at the end of Spring Training last year and pitched in just 24 games, 12 at the Major League level, while dealing with shoulder tendinitis.

"He has a power fastball and split-fingered fastball and experience pitching at the back end of games," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We see him competing for a spot in our bullpen."

The Rangers also signed infielder Ramon Vasquez to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He has a career .255 batting average in 386 Major League games from 2001-2006 with Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Cleveland. He hit .209 for the Indians last season.

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