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Rangers Give Yhency Brazoban Minor League Deal

Team also adds a Japanese outfielder

Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM CDT
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Rangers Give Yhency Brazoban Minor League Deal

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Fans rally towels as they watch the Texas Rangers play against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Right-handed reliever Yhency Brazoban has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, who also added a Japanese outfielder.

Brazoban was second in the Mexican League last season with 9.99 strikeouts per nine innings. He previously pitched in parts of five major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, most recently in 2008. He was signed by the New York Mets in mid-August and pitched for Triple-A Buffalo.

Texas also agreed Thursday on a minor league deal with switch-hitting outfielder Hirotoshi Onaka, who hit .327 in 75 games the last four seasons at International Pacific University in Japan.

Japanese right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama agreed to a major league contract with Texas last month.

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