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Report: Rangers sign former All-Star Hunter Pence

Vincent Frank

The Texas Rangers have not necessarily been active this winter. Having missed out on the playoffs each of the past two seasons, Texas is in the beginning stages of a rebuild.

With that comes the need to add cheap veterans to the mix. Texas did that on Thursday by signing three-time All-Star and two-time world champ Hunter Pence to a minor league contract.

Pence, 35, grew up in the Fort Worth area of Texas — meaning that this is a homecoming of sorts for the outfielder.

The move is purely for depth behind the likes of Joey Gallo, Delino DeShields, Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo.

Pence has fallen off the map in recent seasons after earning an All-Star appearance with the San Francisco Giants back in 2014. He hit .226 with four homers and 24 RBI by the Bay last season.