The Rangers announced the signing of 17 players to one-year contracts Saturday morning, including every day players Delino DeShields, Rougned Odor, Sam Dyson and Keone Kela. The club has 37 of 40 players on the major league roster under contract for 2016.
The three who have yet to sign deals are pitchers Nick Martinez, Yohander Mendez and Alex Claudio.
Here’s a list of the players who agreed to terms Saturday morning and their 2016 deals:
Ryan Rua, Ryan
Chi Chi Gonzalez
Right-hander Luke Jackson will be examined by Dr. Drew Dossett in Texas on Tuesday to determine whether his lower back stiffness is being caused by a previously undetected issue. Jackson has dealt with the issue early in the season as far back as high school. He has been limited the past week with the Rangers while being tested. That data has been sent to Dr. Dossett but the Rangers haven’t received any feedback as of yet because Dossett has been at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis with the Dallas Cowboys.
“We’d like to rule out that it’s not anything more significant before he pitches again,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “[The symptoms] seem consistent with what he’s had in the past.”
The Rangers trainers and medical team have put Jackson through various sorts of rehab and exercises this past week.
“The fact that it continues to recur is peaking the interest of our medical team and they’d like to evaluate it to rule some things out,” Levine said.
If nothing more serious is found, Levine said, Jackson should have enough time to resume playing for a spot in the bullpen.
“You never want to lose players who were going to be competing for spots in the bullpen or at the very least to be that next wave of relievers who could come up and help support the first group,” he said. “We walked into camp with significant depth in both quality and quantity and we still feel that is true at this juncture.”
Outfielder Drew Stubbs was hoping all along to return to the Rangers this winter. The University of Texas ex lives in Austin and was starting to pace the floor as spring training approached. Stubbs signed a minor league deal and worked out in big league camp Saturday morning.
“When guys started to report that’s really when it set in for me,” said Stubbs, 31. “You feel like you need to be in uniform somewhere. There was some uneasiness.”
Stubbs will have a shot to make the club with Josh Hamilton out for at least the first month and no surefire replacement ready to go in left field. Stubbs’ speed and defense, as the Rangers saw the final month of 2015, are still valued assets. Stubbs wants to show that he can still hit after batting .195 with 11 combined extra-base hits in 78 games between the Rockies and Rangers in ‘15.
“This was the best fit for me. I’m already comfortable here and Texas is home,” he said. “I know I’m coming off by far my worst year of my career and I feel like I have a lot to prove to everybody to show them. Two years ago I had one of my best years so I know there’s a lot left in the tank.”
In 2014 for the Rockies, Stubbs batted .289 with 41 extra-base hits, including 15 homers.