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Rangers sign 42-year-old Jose Contreras

Dec 5, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

Jose Contreras AP

Texas announced some non-roster spring training invitations and there’s a familiar name on the list: Jose Contreras.

Contreras is 42 years old and pitched just five innings for the Pirates this year after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010, but on a minor-league deal … why not?

He did put up some nice numbers in the minors this year, including a 3.00 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 33 innings spent mostly at Triple-A.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I believe you forgot the quotes around “42-year-old”.

  2. straightouttavtown - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Hope he gets a fair shot. I was pretty bummed that he didn’t get called up by the Red Sox late last season. He was lights out at triple-a.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Yeah.

      He really could have helped the team to a better outcome to the season.

  3. bendover09 - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    42? Looks more like 62 in that picture

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Oh, that’s Contreras?

      I thought it was Nelson Mandela throwing out an honorary first pitch.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Just so there is no question about intent….that was a “the guy in the picture looks like a 95 year old” joke.

  4. dirtydavid4 - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Good luck with that Rangers can you say washed up he was horrible coming out of the pen for the Pirates he took up a roster spot for to long for the bucs just glad they finally came to there senses.

    • gt929 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Right, because if a pitcher coming back from TJ doesn’t excel immediately, he never will. Like Joe Nathan, he had an 11.37 ERA in his first 7 MLB appearances after his surgery, you know?

  5. thepoolshark - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I’m only 62, and my knuckler could win “Dancing with the stars”.

    I’ve got about as much chance as Jose of landing a job with the Rangers. Stranger things have happened, but not since Roswell.

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