Texas signs Merkin Valdez, two amateurs

July, 24, 2011
7/24/11
4:26
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Merkin Valdez to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

The 29-year-old was released by the Dodgers on Monday after spending the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, going 4-2 with four saves and a 3.58 ERA in 38 relief appearances.

Texas also signed Venezuelan left-hander Yohander Mendez, a 16-year-old, to a 2012 contract. He's a 6-foot-5, 175-pound left-hander who was with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League (Elvis Andrus' winter club) this past offseason.

Outfielder Eduard Pinto, 16, also signed a 2012 contract. He is 5-foot-10, 155 pounds and hits left-handed. He also played for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League last season.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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