ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached an agreement with infielder Alberto Gonzalez on a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Gonzalez, 27, is a right-handed hitter who played in 102 games for the Padres last season and batted .215 with a .256 on-base percentage and a .283 slugging percentage. In 247 at-bats, he scored 18 runs, accumulating one home run, 32 RBIs and one stolen base. Gonzalez has spent parts of the past five seasons with the Yankees, D-backs and Padres and has a career .242 batting average, .281 OBP and .317 slugging percentage.
Gonzalez has played all four infield positions and even appeared in one game as an outfielder. He has played 138 games at second base, 124 at shortstop and 66 at third base. At this point, he is in the mix to be the Rangers' backup utility infielder, although they are still looking to add more candidates before the offseason ends.