Per Evan Grant, the Rangers are expected to sign free agent pitcher Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders is expected to sign a deal with the Texas Rangers in the next day or two, according to Evan Grant.

Saunders, a 32 year old lefthanded pitcher, is expected to battle for a job in the team's starting rotation. Grant doesn't indicate whether this would be a major league deal or a minor league deal.

Saunders, who put up a 5.26 ERA in 183 innings for the Mariners last season, would be battling, among others, Tommy Hanson, who put up a 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for the Angels last year.