The Texas Rangers signed RHP Kyle McClellan on Tuesday to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. It's another one of those low risk/high reward signings the club likes. McClellan is coming off elbow and shoulder surgery in July, but is throwing bullpens and is expected to be ready for spring training.
The 28-year-old will come into camp as a starter, but could end up in the bullpen depending on what happens. It's that versatility that the Rangers like, considering that they may have an internal battle for the fifth starter spot and will be looking for a long reliever/spot starter, similar to the role that Scott Feldman had last year.
"Kyle has had success on winning clubs in a variety of roles - starter, setup guy, and swing man," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He'll be in the mix for any one of several spots on the staff. His versatility and makeup should be real assets to the club."
McClellan, drafted in the 25th round in 2002 by the Cardinals, was 19-23 with a 3.69 ERA in 261 games (17 starts) from 2008 to 2012. He made all 11 starts in 2011 and was 2-6 with a 4.21 ERA in those starts.