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Free-agent pitcher Kris Benson signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers, SI.com has learned.

The right-hander, 34, has been trying to come back since missing the 2007 season following rotator cuff surgery. He pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system last year, going 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA in 67 innings. The Phillies released him on Aug. 30.

The minor-league deal gives him an opportunity to make a little more than $2 million. He will be given a chance to make the Rangers' rotation.

Benson is 68-73 with a 4.34 lifetime ERA in the majors and went 11-12 and 4.82 with the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. A former star at Clemson, he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 overall draft, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

News of Benson being in serious talks with the Rangers was first reported by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

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