Rangers sign Kyle Blanks to minor league deal

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Texas Rangers have signed left fielder/DH Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract. It's a split contract where he'll receive a $1 million base salary with the potential to earn $600,000 in performance bonuses if he's on the big league roster.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels is determined to create competition and depth on a roster that needs it behind established veterans Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.

Blanks played in just 26 games last season between Oakland and San Diego batting .309/.409/.436 while also dealing with injuries.

He's a power hitter and someone who could give DH Mitch Moreland some competition at that position in spring training.

The Rangers are also in the final stages of signing reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa has to pass a physical and the club needs to make a move before adding him to the 40-man roster.