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Rangers sign INF Alberto Gonzalez

The Rangers announced the signing of infielder Alberto Gonzalez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. The club is searching for a utility infielder and will likely head to spring training with a few candidates competing for the job. The club's release:

Gonzalez, 28, played 102 games for San Diego last season, batting .215 with one homer and 32 RBI. He was acquired by the Padres in a trade with Washington on March 28, and was on an Opening Day roster for a third consecutive season. Last season marked his third straight campaign with at least 100 big league games, as he is a career .242 hitter in 378 contests with New York-AL (2007-08), Washington (2008-10), and San Diego (2011).

The Venezuela native has made starts at every infield position in the majors, appearing primarily at second base and shortstop. He is a career .277 hitter in the minor leagues. Gonzalez was originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in 2002.