ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free agent right-hander Nick Tepesch has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Also Wednesday, the Rangers promoted Rafic Saab (rah-FEEK' sahb) to be their director of international scouting. He joined the organization in 2006 as a scout in Venezuela and had been the director of the club's Latin America operations since 2014.

Tepesch is expected to be ready for spring training after missing all of last season because of right elbow inflammation. He also had surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which affects the nerves that pass through the shoulder into the neck.

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Tepesch was 9-17 with a 4.56 ERA in 42 major league games, all with Texas in 2013 and 2014.