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Gonzalez Signs Minor League Ranger Deal



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    Alberto Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres looks skyward after hitting an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Petco Park on June 5, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 7-2.

    Infielder Alberto Gonzalez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

    The two-time defending American League champion Rangers announced the deal Friday, when they also said pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 22. The full squad reporting date is Feb. 25.

    The 28-year-old Gonzalez hit .215 with one home run and 32 RBIs in 102 games last season in San Diego, which acquired him from Washington just before the start of the season.

    Gonzalez played at least 100 major league games three straight years, and started at every infield position. He is a .242 career hitter in 378 games for the New York Yankees (2007-08), Washington (2008-10) and the Padres.