9:56pm: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers will avoid an arbitration hearing with reliever Frank Francisco. He is expected to sign a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Sullivan is also reporting that free agent shortstop Omar Vizquel is close to signing with the club and that a deal could be done as soon as Tuesday. Vizquel will be invited to spring training as a utility infielder and backup to rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus.
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