Rangers sign Loney, invite 5 others to major league camp

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed first baseman James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training and given five players in their farm system a spot in big league camp.

With the addition of the six players announced Tuesday, Texas has 15 non-roster invitees set for camp next month in Surprise, Arizona.

The minor leaguers with invitations are right-handers R.J. Alvarez, Ariel Jurado, and Jose Valdespina along with catchers Jose Trevino and Patrick Cantwell.

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Loney hit .265 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs in 100 games with the New York Mets in 2016, with a team-high 88 starts at first base. The 32-year-old Houston native started last season with San Diego's Triple-A affiliate, El Paso, before a May 28 trade and promotion to the Mets.