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Rangers, Anthony Bass agree to minor-league deal

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The reliever will return to Texas after spending a year in Japan.

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The Rangers have agreed to a minor-league deal to bring back right-hander Anthony Bass, a source tells SB Nation.

Bass, 29, drew interest from multiple clubs (including the Orioles and Tigers) this winter after posting a 3.65 ERA in 103.2 innings for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan last year. A reliever throughout his major-league career, Bass made 14 starts for the Ham Fighters in 2016 and could see some time in the Rangers’ rotation this year.

Bass last appeared in the majors in 2015 with the Rangers, notching 64 innings over 33 appearances and posting a 4.50 ERA and 6.3 K/9. Originally drafted by the Padres in 2008, Bass owns a career 4.40 ERA in 129 appearances (18 starts) with the Padres (2011-13), Astros (2014) and Rangers (2015).

Bass is the latest free-agent pitching addition signee for the Rangers this winter, joining Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Dillon Gee.