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Padres sign Jeremy Guthrie to minor-league deal

The veteran will provide depth for the team's rotation.

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The Padres have signed veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a minor-league contract, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of

Guthrie, 36, hit the open market earlier in the week when he opted out of his minor-league deal with the Rangers. He posted a 5.14 ERA in seven innings of work this spring, and did not make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Guthrie will join Colin Rea, Robbie Erlin and Drew Pomeranz as back-end rotation options for San Diego, and may get some time in the majors if the team decides to deal Tyson Ross, James Shields or Andrew Cashner early this season. San Diego's rotation is one of the most wide-open in baseball, giving a veteran like Guthrie a good chance of cracking the roster at some point.

Guthrie is a veteran of 12 major-league seasons, though his only appearance in the National League came during a 19-game stint with the Rockies in 2012. He owns a lifetime 91-108 record and 4.37 ERA for his career.