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Rangers finalize minor league roving instructors

1/13/2015

The Texas Rangers announced their minor league roving instructors on Tuesday.

Casey Candaele was promoted to field coordinator after spending the past four seasons as the infield/baserunning instructor. Danny Clark, who enters his 10th season with the Rangers, is the pitching coordinator.

Josue Perez is the hitting coordinator, having spent the last seven seasons as a hitting coach, most recently with the Rangers' High-A affiliate.

Chris Briones is the catching coordinator, Bruce Hines the base running coordinator and Juan Lopez (assistant catching) and Dwayne Murphy (assistant hitting/outfield) finish out the staff. Murphy is a six-time Gold Glove winner and Lopez was the Cincinnati Reds' minor league catching instructor in 2014.

Also, the club signed outfielder Carlos Peguero to a minor-league contract with a invitation to spring training. Peguero, 27, played with Kansas City last season after he was acquired in a trade with Seattle. Peguero hit .266 with 30 home runs in 104 games for Triple-A Omaha last season and led the Pacific Coast League with an average of a home run every 12.27 at bats. Peguero is playing in the Dominican Winter League where he hit .271 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs in 31 games.

The following players singed minor-league contracts for the 2015 season: INF Edwin Garcia, LHP Chad James, RHP Kyle Lotzkar, RHP Francisco Mendoza, INF Guilder Rodriguez, INF J.T. Wise and C Kevin Torres. Each will be in minor-league spring training.

Rodriguez, who made his big league debut for the Rangers last season, which included a game-winning hit, played in seven regular-season games.