- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers have agreed to a $975,000, one-year contract with catcher Chris Gimenez while allowing right-hander Nick Tepesch and recently acquired outfielder James Jones to become free agents.

Tepesch and Jones were not offered 2016 contracts by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Gimenez hit .255 over 36 games with AL West champion Texas last season, with five home runs and 14 RBIs. He started 32 regular-season games after joining the team July 31. His deal is a split contract that includes an annual salary of $300,000 in the minor leagues - which also is the amount of his salary that is guaranteed.

Tepesch was on the Rangers’ 60-day disabled list for the entire 2015 season and underwent surgery Aug. 19 to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Jones was acquired in a November 16 trade with Seattle, where he hit .238 in 136 major league games the past two seasons.

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