The Texas Rangers have agreed to sign Kyle Blanks to a split contract, according to a major-league source. The deal does not guarantee a 40-man roster spot, though Blanks has a good shot to make the major league team if he is healthy at the end of spring training.
Blanks' agents, Matt Sosnick and Jon Pridie, declined comment on the matter.
Blanks, who was designated for assignment and non-tendered by the Athletics earlier this month, drew interest from as many as ten teams, being linked to the Cardinals and Brewers in recent weeks. The 28-year old was traded from the Padres to the A's in May of last season, hitting .309/.409/.436 with two home runs and 7 RBI in 26 major league games in 2014.
Blanks' career has been derailed by a series of injuries, but his 6'6", 265-pound frame and power potential has always caused scouts to be intrigued. In 260 games over six major league seasons, he is a career .234/.319/.407 hitter with 30 home runs and 105 RBI.