Rangers sign RHP Hammel; Giants claim Andreoli

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel Friday. The 36-year-old will be on a minor league deal, but will have an invitation to major league spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

Hammel spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals and went 4-14 with a 6.02 ERA in 39 games/19 starts last year. He has played in the postseason in four different seasons, and a was a member of the Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff during the 2016 World Series.

For his career, Hammel has a 96-114 record with a 4.62 ERA over 377 games/298 starts in his major league career with the Tampa Bay Rays (2006-08), Colorado Rockies (2009-11), Baltimore Orioles (2012-13), Cubs (2014-16), Oakland Athletics (2014), and Royals (2017-18).

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San Francisco Giants claim OF John Andreoli

Texas designated Andreoli for assignment on Tuesday when they signed right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelly. The Rangers acquired Andreoli from the Seattle Mariners on a waiver claim on Jan. 15 after playing 26 games with the Mariners and Orioles in 2018, his first major league action.

Friday’s transactions bring the Rangers to 63 players on the spring training roster: A full 40-man big league roster with 23 non-roster invitees.