By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent left-hander Mike Minor is close to a multiyear contract with the Texas Rangers.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal was pending a physical and there was no announcement from the team.
Minor, who will turn 30 the day after Christmas, was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 65 relief appearances last season with the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers plan to use him as a starter.
The seventh overall pick by Atlanta in the 2009 amateur draft, Minor was 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA while starting 110 of 111 games with the Braves from 2010-14 before missing two seasons with shoulder injuries. He became a free agent last month after declining his $10 million option to stay in Kansas City.
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