Heilman, 33, agreed on a minor-league contract with the two-time defending American League champions and was assigned to the Rangers’ AAA-affiliate Round Rock Express, the team said today in a statement on its website. The right-hander was released by the Seattle Mariners on April 1.
Heilman spent the first six years of his career with the Mets, first as a starter and later working out of the bullpen. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2009, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and 2011 before minor-league stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of last season, according to the release.
He is 35-46 with 4.40 earned-run average and 16 saves in nine MLB seasons.
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