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02/06/09 10:44 AM EST
Jennings signs Minors deal
Right-handed hurler inks one-year contract with Rangers
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to a one-year, Minor League contract with pitcher Jason Jennings. The deal includes an invite to Major League Spring Training. Jennings made six starts for the Rangers last year and was 0-5 with an 8.56 ERA before undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. It was the same type of injury that is currently plaguing Ben Sheets, who had agreed to a two-year deal with Texas last week, before it was determined he also required surgery. Jennings had the same surgery in 2007 but the problem arose again with the Rangers last year, requiring a second operation. "Unfortunately, the first surgery didn't take," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Last year we learned some things from it, and he's gone through a very different rehab program this winter, which ultimately we hope will allow him to return to form. He's a guy who has a history of competing and getting deep into games. If he's healthy, he'll get a chance to do it again." Jennings was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2002, when he went 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA for the Colorado Rockies. His last healthy season was in '06, when he went 9-13 with a career-low 3.78 ERA and a career-high 212 innings. He was traded to the Astros and went 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA in 19 games before the flexor tendon injury finally required surgery. The Rangers are still considering other available non-roster candidates for their rotation. They had interest in Odalis Perez before he signed with the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.