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Winter meetings notes: Texas Rangers sign outfielder, trade for minor league right-hander

The Rangers signed outfielder James Jones to minor-league deal with an invitations to major league spring training. Jones originally came to Texas as part of the trade that sent Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass to the Mariners.
The Rangers signed outfielder James Jones to minor-league deal with an invitations to major league spring training. Jones originally came to Texas as part of the trade that sent Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass to the Mariners. AP

The winter meetings did not conclude Thursday without the Texas Rangers making a move, no matter how small.

The club announced it had re-signed outfielder James Jones, who originally came over from the Mariners in the trade that sent Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass to Seattle. Jones wasn’t tendered a contract last week but has agreed to a minor-league deal with an invite to major league spring training.

He has the talent to be a plus defender in center field, has a plus arm, but he’s still raw.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels

“He’ll be in competition to make the club but he’s got options,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’s a good fit for us.”

Jones, 27, was primarily a pitcher at Long Island University. Daniels views him as a late bloomer who could blossom with more development as a center fielder.

“He has the talent to be a plus defender in center field, has a plus arm, but he’s still raw,” Daniels said. “We feel like he can get better. I love the fact that he went to Venezuela on his own and played winter ball.”

Also, the Rangers acquired minor league right-hander pitcher Myles Jaye from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Triple A Round Rock left-handed reliever Will Lamb.

Jaye had a 3.26 ERA in 147  2/3 innings over 26 starts in 2015 for Double A Birmingham. He had 104 strikeouts and 47 walks.

“He had a good delivery. He’s a guy we’ve liked as a prospect,” Daniels said. “We’ve talked about trying to build our starter depth. I think Myles adds to that mix.”

Rule 5 results

Outfielder Tyler Goeddel was the No. 1 pick in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected the 23-year-old Double A prospect from the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

The Texas Rangers, who drafted Delino DeShields from the Houston Astros a year ago in the Rule 5 process, passed with their No. 23 overall pick this year. Overall, 16 players were selected in the major league phase of the draft.

The Red Sox took Rangers’ High A right-hander Anyelo Leclerc in the minor league phase of the draft. He had a 5.52 ERA in 45  2/3 innings for High Desert last season.

Also in the minor league phase, the Rangers selected utility player Garrett Weber, 26, from the Diamondbacks. Weber played 49 games at second base and 43 games in left field last season while batting .302 with 27 doubles, nine homers and 55 RBI between Double A Mobile and Triple A Reno.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

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