Texas Rangers sign C A.J. Jimenez to Minor League contract with invitation to Spring Training

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has signed catcher A.J. Jimenez (#79) to a 2017 minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Jimenez, 26, was designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on February 9 and released on February 13. He spent 2016 at Toronto's Triple-A Buffalo club, hitting .241 with 4 homers and 28 RBI in 67 games. The right-handed batter has spent his entire career in the Blue Jays organization since being selected in the 8th round of the 2008 1st Year Player Draft. He was added to Toronto's 40-man roster after the 2012 season but has not played in the majors.

With the signing, Texas has 61 players on its active spring training roster (not including 60-day DL players Jake Diekman and Prince Fielder) with 21 non-roster invitees.

UPDATE ON ADRIAN BELTRE: Third baseman Adrian Beltre sustained a left calf strain while working out in California on Tuesday. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain. Beltre, who reported to camp today, is expected to be sidelined for approximately 3 weeks. He will not play for the Dominican Republic in the opening round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic and his status for later WBC rounds is questionable at this time.