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Rangers, Hanson agree to Minor League deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Tommy Hanson on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Major League sources. An official announcement is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Hanson will come into camp as a candidate to be the fifth starter. The Rangers have been looking for pitching depth after Derek Holland underwent surgery on his left knee in January. Other candidates for the rotation include right-handers Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis, and left-handers Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman.

Hanson was 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances for the Angels last season while being sidelined from June 21 to July 23 with a strained right forearm. He was a prominent member of the Braves' rotation from 2009-12 and was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in 108 starts.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.

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