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Texas signs 2 pitchers to minor deals

ARLINGTON, Texas - Left-hander Mitch Stetter and right-hander Sean Green agreed Monday to minor league contracts with the Texas Rangers that include invitations to major league spring training.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Left-hander Mitch Stetter and right-hander Sean Green agreed Monday to minor league contracts with the Texas Rangers that include invitations to major league spring training.

Stetter and Green were on Milwaukee's opening-day roster last season, but didn't pitch for the NL Central champion Brewers after mid-May.

Stetter spent most of last season on the disabled list with left hip irritation, allowing four runs over seven innings in 16 appearances before going on the DL. In 132 career games, all with the Brewers from 2007-11, he is 8-2 with one save and a 4.08 earned-run average in 86 innings.

Green was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 appearances before being designated for assignment. He spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Nashville, where he had a 3.91 ERA in 33 relief appearances, then had four saves and a 1.37 ERA in 15 appearances for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Green has made 264 major league appearances for Seattle (2006-08), the New York Mets (2009-10) and the Brewers (2011), going 10-12 with a 4.41 ERA.

The two-time defending American League champion Rangers also provided hearing dates for their remaining salary arbitration-eligible players; shortstop Elvis Andrus (Feb. 9), catcher Mike Napoli (Feb. 15) and outfielder Nelson Cruz (Feb. 17). All the hearings will be in Tampa, Fla., unless deals are reached before then.

Cruz, whose eight post-season homers last year included six in the AL championship series with a game-ending grand slam in Game 2, asked for US$7.5 million while the Rangers offered $5.5 million. He made $3.65 million last year, when he hit .263 with 29 homers and 87 RBIs in 124 games.

Napoli set career highs by hitting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs in 113 games in his first season with Texas, when he made $5.8 million after spending his first five years with the Los Angeles Angels. He asked for $11.5 million, and Texas offered $8.3 million.

Andrus, who made $452,180 last season, asked for $3.6 million and was offered $2.65 million. He hit .279 with 37 stolen bases last year.

 
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