Rangers invite Benson to spring training

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Kris Benson signed a minor
league contract Saturday with the Texas Rangers.

Benson reported to camp as a non-roster invitee.

The 34-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2006, going 11-12
with a 4.82 ERA for Baltimore. He has a career record of 68-73 with
a 4.34 ERA with the Pirates, Orioles and Mets.

He missed the 2007 season after having surgery to repair a torn
right rotator cuff. He was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts for
Lehigh Valley, the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, last
year. The Phillies released him on Aug. 30.

With the addition of Benson, the Rangers have 32 pitchers in