Free agent outfielder Delino DeShields has agreed to a minor league contract with Texas that includes an invitation to spring training with the Rangers, who traded him away just more than a year ago.
The Rangers said Monday that free agent right-hander Sam Gaviglio also signed a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
DeShields and hard-throwing reliever Emmanuel Clase were traded to Cleveland in December 2019, with two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber going to the Rangers. Kluber pitched only one inning for Texas in his debut last July 26 before exiting with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and last week signed an $11 million, one-year free-agent deal with the New York Yankees.
The 28-year-old DeShields hit .252 with seven RBIs in 37 games last season with the Indians, who didn't offer him a contract for 2021. After being selected from Houston in the Rule 5 draft, DeShields played 539 games for the Rangers from 2015-19, hitting .246 with 18 homers, 126 RBIs and 106 stolen bases.
Gaviglio has pitched in the majors the last four seasons. He made four relief appearances over three stints with Toronto in 2020, allowing three earned runs in three innings. He is 11-18 with a 4.88 ERA in 98 games (37 starts) with Seattle (2017), Kansas City (2017), and Toronto (2018-20) in his big league career. He led the majors with 95 2-3 innings in relief in 2019, his first season working exclusively out of the bullpen.
Astros sign Souza Jr. to minor league deal: Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on Monday and was invited to spring training.
The 31-year-old Souza spent last season with the Cubs, appearing in 11 games and hitting .148 with one homer and five RBIs. Souza has spent six seasons in the majors, playing for the Nationals, Rays and Diamondbacks. He is a career .232 hitter with 70 doubles, 71 homers and 203 RBIs.
His best year came with Tampa Bay in 2017 when he was named the team's MVP after setting career highs in homers (30), RBIs (78), walks (84) and steals (16).
As a rookie in 2014 with the Nationals, Souza made a spectacular diving catch with two outs in the ninth inning to help Jordan Zimmermann complete a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Marlins.