Rangers sign OF Pence, IF Davidson to minor league deals

Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced the signings of outfielder Hunter Pence and infielder Matt Davidson to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

The 35-year-old Pence has a career .280 batting average and .792 OPS figure. Pence and Curtis Granderson as the only active players with at least 300 doubles, 50 triples, and 200 home runs. Pence spent his entire big league career in the National League with stop in Houston (2007-11), Philadelphia (2011-12), and San Francisco (2012-18), where he recorded seven seasons of 20plus home runs and five seasons of 80-plus runs scored.

Davidson is a former first-round pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 June draft. The 27-year-old has a career .226 batting average and .730 OPS over 273 major league games with the Diamondbacks (2013) and the Chicago Cubs (2016-18). Davidson is expected to work as a position player while continuing to extend an offseason program where he is preparing his arm for pitching.

The 65 players on the Rangers’ spring training roster is comprised of a full 40-man major league roster and 25 non-roster invitees.