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January 05, 2004

Transaction

Signed 2B/OF ERIC YOUNG to a one-year contract for $1,000,000. Outrighted relief pitcher REYNALDO GARCIA, removing him from the 40-man roster, to make room for Young.

Like the Dellucci signing, only more so. Eric Young bats well enough to make a respectable fourth outfielder and can back up Michael Young at second. He also should make a fine pinch-hitter and runner. Unfortunately, Buck Showalter already has intimated that Young, a career .285/.360/.393 batter, could compete for the starting job in left field. Young did pop a career-high 15 homers in 2003, but he had never hit more than eight previously, and he hasn't posted an OBP above .338 since 2000. In a perfect world, Young's signing would indicate a successful acquisition of a fine bench player for a moderate salary. In reality, his signing may force the now 26-year-old Kevin Mench to rot in AAA. For that matter, if Laynce Nix falters, the "play for the future" Rangers conceivably could sport an outfield of 36-year-old Young, 30-year-old Dellucci, and 37-year-old Brian Jordan.

Posted by Lucas at January 5, 2004 11:50 AM