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Texas led the majors in scoring and batting average last season, but had the highest ERA (5.37) and most overworked bullpen.
"He's a veteran pitcher," Washington said. "He's had some success. You never have enough pitchers. We're going to take a chance on him, put him in the mix and see what happens. He's healthy and ready to go. He came out as a No. 1 draft choice with a high ceiling and he's trying to get over some injuries."
Benson has a clause in his contract that if he is not on the big league roster by May 5 he could become a free agent.
The Rangers, who are looking to add depth to their rotation, worked out Benson on Monday and he was impressive enough to garner a contract.
With the addition of Benson, the Rangers have 32 pitchers in camp.
Benson is eager to talk to Rangers president Nolan Ryan, a Hall of Fame pitcher.
"He was my idol growing up," Benson said. "That's a double plus coming here. I'm looking forward to what he has to say and getting the opportunity to talk to him. I've mimicked his work ethic and his training and his mental approach to the game."
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