Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Rangers sign Almanzar, DeRosa 

The Rangers have signed Carlos Almanzar and Mark DeRosa today.

Almanzar was due to go to arbitration next month, and signed a one year, $1.1 million deal. That's a reasonable deal...I'm a big Almanzar fan, and think having him in the bullpen to handle the 7th and 8th innings is a big part of making the pen a strength of the team.

DeRosa got a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. He's fine as an option for the utility infield job...he can hit a little, play different positions, and isn't getting a guaranteed deal or a spot on the 40 man roster. Not a bad pickup at all.

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