The Texas Rangers signed infielders Will Middlebrooks and Doug Bernier to minor league contracts for the 2017 season.
Both will be invited to major league spring training.
Middlebrooks, 28, who attended Texarkana Liberty Eylau High School, hit .282 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 68 games for Triple A Colorado Springs in the Brewers’ organization in 2016. The third baseman also played 10 games with the Brewers in July. He missed time with a right calf strain. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Red Sox in 2007. He had stints with the Red Sox in 2012-14 and the Padres in 2015.
Bernier, 36, hit .275 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 120 games with Triple A Round Rock in 2016. He played all four infield positions for the Express. Bernier had major league stints with the Rockies in 2008 and the Twins in 2013-15.
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