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Rangers Sign Blanks to Deal



    Rangers Sign Blanks to Deal
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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 16: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Kyle Blanks #88 after Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the six inning against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    The Texas Rangers are looking for corner outfield help as well as a potential platoon guy at designated hitter to pair with lefty Mitch Moreland.

    On Monday, they added a low-risk piece who could play into that role as they signed Kyle Blanks to a minor-league deal with hopes he can stay healthy and produce, something he generally does in the rare occasion that he is healthy.

    Blanks is a known masher of left-handed pitching, and would be a nice platoon with Moreland at DH, if nothing else. Of course, he has to stay healthy first, which is something he's failed to do since having a nice rookie season in 2009 with the San Diego Padres as one of their top prospects.

    That year, Blanks struck fear into pitchers everywhere with 10 home runs in 54 games with an .868 OPS, but it's all been downhill since then, thanks to the injuries.

    At 28, Blanks split time between San Diego and Oakland in 2014, but battled injuries once again and put up a .309 batting average with a .409 on-base percentage in just 26 games.

    It's a big IF, but if Blanks can be healthy and stay that way, he could be a really nice signing for basically nothing for the Rangers.