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Tony Barnette signs with Rangers after spending last 6 years in Japan

DALLAS -- Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan.

The deal, including a club option for 2018, was announced Tuesday.

Barnette, a 32-year-old native of Alaska, had a team-record 41 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 59 games last season for the Yakult Swallows in the Japan Central League.

Originally taken in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft by Arizona, Barnette went to Japan after four seasons in the minors. He went from starter to reliever in 2011, his second year in Japan.

Texas also re-signed catcher Bobby Wilson to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Wilson hit .221 in 31 games after a waiver claim from Tampa Bay on July 31.