Right-hander Fukumori put on 40 man, while Shelton ousted

Updated: January 14, 2008, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers added right-hander Kazuo Fukumori to their 40-man roster Monday after finalizing his $3 million, two-year contract agreed to last month.

To make room on the roster, the Rangers designated for assignment infielder Chris Shelton, who was acquired from Detroit in a Dec. 5 trade for outfielder Freddy Guzman. Texas has 10 days to trade, release or outright Shelton to the minor leagues.

Fukumori spent the past 13 seasons in Japan, where he was 34-42 with a 3.72 ERA and 72 saves in 377 games (47 starts). He was 4-2 with 17 saves in 34 games last season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles before surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. He has already been throwing off a mound and is expected to be ready for the season.

Exclusively a reliever the last five seasons, Fukumori probably will be a set-up reliever for Texas. His contract includes a team option for 2010.

Shelton spent last season at Triple-A Toledo, where hit .269 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles, and 65 RBI in 139 games. He was Detroit's opening day first baseman in 2006.

A week after acquiring Shelton, the Rangers got first baseman Ben Broussard in a trade from Seattle and have since given him a $3.85 million, one-year contract.


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