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Rangers claim Mears, DFA White

The Texas Rangers have claimed pitcher Nick Mears on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced today. To make room for Mears on the 40 man roster, the Rangers have designated outfielder Eli White for assignment.

Mears, 26, has spent part of the last three seasons in the majors. The righthanded reliever has a 4.75 ERA in 30.1 IP in the majors, with 32 Ks, 21 walks and 6 home runs allowed. Mears throws a mid-90s fastball along with a curveball. He fits the profile of the big, hard-throwing righty with command issues and a history of injury issues that the Rangers seem to accumulate.