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With injuries taking toll, Rangers add Alex Cora

Aug 17, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

Having lost both Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman to the disabled list, the Rangers added some infield depth Tuesday by signing Alex Cora to a minor league contract.
Cora was released by the Mets earlier this month after hitting .207/.265/.278 in 169 at-bats. Had he played in 18 more games for the Mets, he would have had a $2 million vesting option for 2011 kick in.
The Rangers will assign Cora to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but they could call on him quickly. Joaquin Arias, just back from the DL himself, made a key miscue in Monday’s loss to the Rays. Fellow infielder Andres Blanco is hitting .230/.299/.264 in 87 at-bats.
Cora lacks Blanco’s range and he’s not as good of a hitter as Arias, but he offers a steady glove and plenty of veteran veteraness. That might be enough to earn him several starts at second base down the stretch.

  1. john j pileggi - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Cora is a terrific clubhouse guy and future manager. He will help Texas in the middle of a race.

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 17, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    And you cannot overrate “veteran veteraness.” Too often you get saddled with veteran cockiness or veteran entitlementness when you sign a guy that has been around as long as Cora. But Cora knows how to contribute in a quiet, meaningful way, both on the field and in the clubhouse.

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