Rangers sign Plouffe to minor league deal
Trevor Plouffe is set to join his fourth team in three seasons, as the veteran infielder signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Monday.
He also received an invitation to the Rangers' major league spring camp, the team announced.
Plouffe, 31, began last season with the Oakland A's before he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 17 for a player to be named. In a combined 100 games for the two clubs, he hit .198 with a .272 on-base percentage, a .318 slugging percentage, nine homers and 19 RBIs. The numbers were the worst of his career, excluding an abbreviated rookie year with the Minnesota Twins in 2010.
The Twins' first-round pick in 2004 out of a Southern California high school, Plouffe emerged as Minnesota's regular third baseman from 2013-15. After appearing in just 84 games with the Twins in 2016, he signed as a free agent with Oakland in January 2017.
Plouffe has a career .242/.304/.410 batting line with 105 homers and 376 RBIs in 823 major league games. He has played all four infield positions plus left field, right field and designated hitter.
He is the 25th non-roster invitee to the Rangers' camp.
--Field Level Media