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
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.