The Texas Rangers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with infielder Kensuke Tanaka and left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend on minor league deals with invitations to big league spring training. They also agreed to terms with RHP Daniel McCutchen, who will be in minor league camp this spring.
Here's some more information on both players, per the club's release:
The 32-year-old Tanaka made his major league debut last season with San Francisco, batting .267 (8-30) with 2 RBI and 4 runs in 15 games with the Giants in July. The left-handed batter spent the balance of the season with Fresno (AAA), hitting .329 (113-343) with one homer, 14 doubles, 3 triples, 32 RBI, and 54 runs in 107 games. He had 42 walks against 36 strikeouts with 22 steals, playing primarily second base and left field. He also played 9 games for Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League after the 2013 season, batting .281 (9-32) with 4 doubles and 4 RBI.
Tanaka came to the U.S. after a 13-year career with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japan Pacific League from 2000-12. He was a teammate for the entirety of Yu Darvish's career in Japan, including a 2006 club that won the Fighters' first Japan Series title since 1961. Tanaka had a career average of .286 over 1079 games in Japan, including a career-best .335 figure for the 2006 championship club, which ranked 2nd in the Pacific League that year. Over a 5-year span from 2006-10, Tanaka's 134 stolen bases ranked 6th in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Feierabend, 28, returns to the Texas organization after going a combined 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA (61 ER/148.1 IP) over 29 games/21 starts for Round Rock (AAA) and Frisco (AA) last season. He spent the bulk of the year at Round Rock, going 6-5 with a 3.66 ERA (49 ER/120.1 IP) in 24 games/16 starts for the Express, ranking T2nd on the staff with 79 strikeouts. He pitched in the majors in 3 consecutive seasons from 2006-08, all with Seattle, going a combined 2-11 with a 7.22 ERA in 25 games/19 starts.
The Rangers now have 13 nonroster invites for major league spring training.
McCutchen last pitched in the big leagues in 2012 and spent part of last season serving a 50-game performance-enhancing suspension. He was with the Orioles last season, going a combined 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in Triple-A and Double-A. He has a career 4.77 ERA in the majors in 108 games (15 starts), all with the Pirates.