Rangers sign McCarthy, Nippert

The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with two of its right-handed pitchers by reaching one-year deals with them.
Starter Brandon McCarthy agreed today to a one-year, $1.3
million contract, avoiding arbitration for the injury-plagued
pitcher.
The Rangers also avoided arbitration with right-hander Dustin
Nippert with a one-year, $665,000 deal.
McCarthy was 7-4 with a 4.62 ERA last season, when he was
limited to 17 starts (97 1-3 innings) because of a stress fracture
in his right throwing shoulder. He was on the disabled list for
almost three months.
Nippert was 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA over 69 2-3 innings in 20
appearances (10 starts) last season and is a potential rotation
candidate. He didn't join the team until early July after beginning
the season on the disabled list because of right shoulder soreness.
NOTES: The Rangers announced invitations to major league spring
training for six players who are not on their 40-man roster: C
Emerson Frostad, LHP Kasey Kiker (first-round pick in 2006), 1B/OF
Mitch Moreland, RHP Tanner Scheppers (supplemental first-round pick
last summer), 1B Justin Smoak (first-round pick in 2008), and 1B/OF
Chad Tracy. ... Rangers radio broadcast Eric Nadel, going into his
32nd season with the team, was selected the 2009 National
Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association sportcaster of the year
for Texas. It is the fifth time he won the award.


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