Rangers sign seven Minors free agents
Reliever German gets invite to Major League Spring Training
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Tuesday signed seven Minor League free agents, including right-handed relief pitcher Franklyn German, who also received an invitation to the club's Major League Spring Training camp next February.German, 27, spent the entire 2007 season with Triple-A Oklahoma, where he posted a 2-2 record with seven saves and a 3.49 ERA in 47 relief appearances for the RedHawks. German has previously pitched in the Majors for the Detroit Tigers (2002-05) and Florida Marlins (2006). German's opportunity to win a bullpen spot with Texas was boosted this week when the Rangers missed out on free-agent reliever targets Eric Gagne and LaTroy Hawkins. Also signing Minor League contracts Tuesday were left-handed pitchers Eric Cyr and Carlos A. Perez; right-handed pitchers Jake Dittler, Adalberto Flores and Alfredo Gonzalez; and shortstop Corey Ragsdale. Cyr, 28, was a 1998 Draft pick of San Diego who appeared in five games with the Padres in 2002. The Canadian-born Cyr has pitched for four previous organizations and spent the 2006 season in Taiwan. He spent last season in the Dodgers' system, going 6-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A Jacksonville, and 3-6 with a 5.56 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for Triple-A Las Vegas. Perez, 25, spent the past eight seasons in the Baltimore farm system. Originally signed in September 1999 as an undrafted free agent, Perez split last season between Class A Frederick of the Carolina League (9-7, 3.80 ERA in 29 games, 11 starts) and Double-A Bowie of the Eastern League (0-2, 5.40 ERA in three games, two starts). Dittler, 25, was a second-round pick of Cleveland in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. The Las Vegas native spent seven seasons in the Indians' farm system, splitting last season between Double-A Akron (6-1, 4.25 ERA in 20 games, nine starts) and Triple-A Buffalo (3-1, 5.23 ERA in seven games, one start). Flores, 21, is a sizable right-hander (6-foot-7, 225 pounds) from Puerto Rico who spent three years in the Marlins' organization. His only professional action came in 2005, when he was 2-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 13 games for the Class A Gulf Coast Marlins before suffering injury problems. Gonzalez, 28, is a veteran of eight seasons in the Dodgers' farm system (1998-2005). He made 46 relief appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2005, posting a 2-2 record and 4.91 ERA. His changeup was rated that year as the best in the Dodgers' farm system by Baseball America. Ragsdale, 25, was a second-round pick of the New York Mets in 2001. In 2007, he spent his seventh season in the Mets' system at Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League, where he hit .192 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 43 games (99 at-bats). The 6-foot-4, 175-pound infielder also stole nine bases and had an on-base percentage of .347. Notes: Outfielder Milton Bradley is expected to undergo his physical examination Wednesday, the final step toward securing his one-year, $5 million contract with the Rangers. Assuming Bradley passes the physical, the team is expected to officially announce his signing as early as Thursday. Bradley is recovering from knee surgery and it is not certain whether he will be ready for Opening Day 2008.
Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.