via The Sports Xchange
Former American League MVP Josh Hamilton agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, the team announced Tuesday.
Hamilton will receive an invitation to spring training.
The 35-year-old Hamilton missed all of last season with a knee injury while playing the fourth season of a five-year, $125 million contract. Texas released him in late August and the Los Angeles Angels are paying most of his 2017 salary.
Hamilton was a five-time All-Star for the Rangers and won MVP honors in 2010 when he led the AL with a .359 average and had 32 homers and 100 RBIs. He hit a career-best 43 homers in 2012 and departed as a free agent to sign with the Angels.
Hamilton’s career went into a deep decline and he hit 31 homers in two seasons with the Angels before they dealt him back to the Rangers. He batted .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 2015 while batting injuries.
Hamilton received medical clearance in December.
Texas also signed right-hander Dillon Gee to a minor league deal. Gee went 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA for the Kansas City Royals last season while splitting time as a starter and reliever.