SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jose Contreras is 42 years old and had back problems last season, but he has no interest in calling it a career. He was a big part of the World Series champion White Sox in 2005 and is back with the Rangers hoping to win another title.
"If I play another seven years, maybe I can get two or three more," Contreras said.
The Rangers signed Contreras to a Minor League contract after special assistant Don Welke saw him pitch in the Dominican Winter League. He has made 175 Major League starts but was used as a reliever by the Phillies and Pirates over the past four seasons, and that's probably how the Rangers will use him if he makes the team.
"Baseball is my life," he said. "That's all I've known. That's why I'm here. Everybody knows the results the Texas Rangers have had the last four or five years. Before I go out, I'd like the opportunity to win another championship."
Contreras was a huge star in Cuba before defecting in 2002, and the Yankees won a bidding war against the Red Sox to sign him. On July 31, 2004, he was traded to the White Sox for Esteban Loaiza, and he ended up winning a career-high 15 games in 2005.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.