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Rangers Ink Reliever From Japan League



    Rangers Ink Reliever From Japan League
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    Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, talk with the media at Globe Life Park on April 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

    The Rangers keep adding depth to their already deep bullpen and on Thursday they concluded the MLB winter meetings by signing Tony Barnette to a two-year deal after he'd pitched in Japan the past six seasons, according to The Dallas Morning News.

    Barnette was a draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 and made it up to Triple-A Reno before moving on to Japan, where he's pitched since 2010 for Yakult. Barnette is a hard thrower, but doesn't seem to be a huge strikeout guy, at least not by relief standards.

    In 2015, Barnette worked 62 2/3 innings in 59 games for his Japanese club and he posted a 1.29 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 19 walks.

    The Rangers have already traded for Tom Wilhelmsen from Seattle in the Leonys Martin deal and have a really solid core of relievers coming back from last year's squad, which saw it's bullpen retooled completely at the trade deadline with the acquisitions of Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson.