Rangers sign catcher Quiroz and two pitchers to deals

Updated: December 28, 2006, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers on Thursday announced the signing of catcher Guillermo Quiroz to a major league contract and a pair of right-handed pitchers to minor league deals.

Right-handers Mike Wood and Willie Eyre both got invitations to major league spring training as part of their deals.

Quiroz spent last season in the Seattle organization, hitting .300 (42-of-140) with eight doubles in 29 games split between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A San Antonio. He was acquired by the Mariners on a waiver claim from Toronto before the 2006 season and was 0-for-2 in his only game for Seattle.

Wood was originally obtained by Texas on a waiver claim on Oct. 11, but became a free agent when he wasn't tendered a contract by Dec. 12. He was 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 23 appearances (seven starts) for Kansas City this year.

Eyre made his major league debut with Minnesota in 2006. In 42 relief appearances, he went 1-0 with a 5.31 ERA.

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