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December 09, 2003


Atlanta signed Ranger free-agent pitcher JOHN THOMSON to a two-year, $7 million deal.

The Rangers reportedly had offered two years for slightly less money. Thomson probably chose to pitch for the team with a much better chance of competing in 2004. While not a huge loss, Thomson does offer 200+ innings of league-average ERA, thus raising the question of who among the Rangers will replace those innings. Unfortunately, the answer might be the dreadful Brett Tomko. If Atlanta signs no one higher-ranked in the Elias ratings, Texas will receive Atlanta's first-round pick in the 2004 draft.

Posted by Lucas at December 9, 2003 08:52 PM