Rangers sign Plano East's Wes Bankston

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Infielder Wes Bankston, who was born in Dallas and played football and baseball for Plano East, has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers.

He appeared in 17 major league games with Oakland in 2008, batting .203 with a homer, three doubles and four RBIs. He was in Triple-A Louisville with Cincinatti last season, hitting .267 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs in 122 games. He is entering his ninth professional season and has a career .277 average in the minors.