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Rangers sign Hunter Pence to minor league contract

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run home run in the first inning against the New York Mets on May 8, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Rangers have signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, per the team’s executive VP of communications John Blake. According to Jon Heyman, Pence will earn a $2 million base salary with an additional $1.25 million in incentives if he makes the major league roster.

Pence, 35, was thought to be retiring after battling injuries as he progressed through his mid-30’s. Last year, in 97 games with the Giants, he hit a minuscule .226/.358/.332 with four home runs and 24 RBI across 248 plate appearances. Pence still thinks he has something left in the tank. Hopefully he’s right.

This is a low-risk venture for the rebuilding Rangers. Pence will, at minimum, be a mentor to younger players in spring camp in Surprise, Arizona.

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