ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are adding pitcher Brendan Donnelly to their Spring Training roster and the competition for a spot in the bullpen. Donnelly has agreed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He will make $950,000 if he makes the team and can take his release if he's not added to the Major League roster between March 27 and April 27. "Last year he was returning from Tommy John [elbow reconstruction surgery]," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "But prior to getting hurt, he was a veteran with a history of throwing strikes and pitching meaningful innings for successful teams."
Donnelly was one of the premier setup relievers in baseball from 2002-06 while with the Angels. He was a member of the Angels bullpen in 2002 and named to the American League All-Star team in 2003, pitching a scoreless inning and getting the victory at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. He was traded to the Red Sox after the 2006 season, but pitched in just 27 games before coming down with a torn ligament in his elbow. He underwent surgery and was non-tendered by the Red Sox in the offseason. The Indians signed him as a free agent a year ago and he was activated on Aug. 8. In 15 games, he was 1-0 with an 8.56 ERA. The Rangers were looking for additional arms in the bullpen after Joaquin Benoit went down with shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last month. Donnelly, 37, Eddie Guardado and Derrick Turnbow give the Rangers three former All-Star relievers to compete for spots as setup relievers in the bullpen.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.