The Rangers are giving RHP Yoshinori Tateyama a minor league deal and an invite to camp.
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Tateyama, who turns 37 on Wednesday, has spent the past two seasons in the Texas organization after 11 years in the Japanese Pacific League. He made 53 appearances with the Rangers in 2011-12, going 3-0 with a 5.75 ERA (39 ER/61.0 IP), posting 17 walks against 61 strikeouts. In 2012, he made 14 appearances over 3 stints with the Rangers, allowing 17 earned runs in 17.0 innings. He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Round Rock, going 4-0 with 6 saves and a 1.13 ERA (5 ER/39.2 IP) in 32 relief outings.
Tateyama was on the Rangers’ postseason rosters for both the 2011 American League Championship Series and the 2012 American League Wild Card Game.
With this transaction, the Rangers now have 54 players on the club’s spring training roster, including 39 on the 40-man roster and 15 non-roster invitees.