The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has signed catcher Brett Hayes to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Hayes, who turns 33 on Monday, combined to appear in 31 games last season at the Triple-A level in the Arizona and Chicago-AL organizations before his season was cut short in late June due to an elbow injury. While with Reno and Charlotte last season, he threw out 11 of 25 (44.0%) attempted base stealers. Hayes saw major league time in seven consecutive seasons from 2009-15, and has a career .205 batting average over 189 big league games with Florida/Miami (2009-12), Kansas City (2013-14), and Cleveland (2015).
Hayes is entering his 13th professional season since he was selected out of the University of Nevada-Reno in the second round of the 2005 June draft by the Marlins.
With the addition of Hayes, the Rangers now have 18 non-roster invitees to major league spring training camp in 2017.