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Texas Rangers sign RHP Nabil Crismatt to minor league contract

PHILADELPHIA – Looking to add depth to a depleted pitching staff, the Texas Rangers signed right-handed changeup artist Nabil Crismatt to a minor league contract.

Crismatt, 29, was recently designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second time this season and elected free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment.

He has appeared in 114 major league games over the past five seasons, including five appearances with the Dodgers this year. He allowed two runs in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Crismatt is not going to dominate hitters. He throws an 81 mph changeup 47% of the time and backs it up with a curveball he throws 20% of the time. He threw his fastball, which averaged just 89 mph, just 20% of the time last year.

Crismatt, who signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in December, was added to the major league roster on March 31, pitched two scoreless innings that day against St. Louis and then was designated for assignment the next day. His contract was re-drafted by the Dodgers on April 27 and he spent the next three weeks with the team before being DFA again on May 15.

After clearing waivers, he was traded to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but, as was his right, he declined the assignment and elected free agency.

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