The Texas Rangers signed Nate Robertson yesterday. The pitcher will be pithing on a minor league deal, but he will have the chance to compete for a relief role with the Rangers' Major League club. Robertson last pitched in the Majors in 2010 for the Phillies.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Rangers will invite Robertson to big league camp during spring training.
Nate Robertson is signing minor league deal with #rangers with an invitation to big league camp, says agent Steve Canter.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 22, 2013
Robertson has spent the last two seasons pitching in the minors. He has played in the Seattle Mariners' system, the Chicago Cubs' system, the Toronto Blue Jays' system, and the independent league. Robertson was once a decent starting pitcher in the Majors, but he has not been a regular starter since 2010 with the Florida Marlins.
Robertson has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, but injuries are not what has kept him in the minors for the last two seasons. His performance has. In his career, Robertson has a 57-77 record with a 5.01 ERA.
The Rangers are hoping he can add some depth to their bullpen if he proves himself. With the number of injuries the team suffered to pitchers last season, it make sense for them to want to have some options.
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