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November 26, 2003


Signed outfielders CHAD ALLEN and JASON CONTI to minor-league contracts.

Allen and Conti will play the role of Ryan Christenson in 2004, AAA outfielders hoping that someone higher up gets hurt. Allen is a marginally better hitter but doesn't play center. He was once a solid prospect and batted .277/.330/.395 as a 24-year-old rookie in 1999. Alas, it remains the only year in which he qualified for the batting title. Allen has drifted among the Cleveland, Baltimore and Florida organizations the last two years. Conti didn't even hit AAA-pitching well in 2003, batting .248/.295/.364 for Indianapolis. Even with the outfield-depleted Rangers, neither is more than a fifth outfielder.

Posted by Lucas at November 26, 2003 08:49 PM