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January 21, 2004


Signed pitcher GLENDON RUSCH to a minor-league contract.

The 29-year-old Rusch will join a crowd of wannabes fighting for a spot in the Ranger rotation. Rusch has pitched poorly in five of his six Major League seasons and bottomed out (one hopes) with a 6.42 ERA last year for Milwaukee. Rusch was somewhat unlucky (stratospheric .381 average allowed on balls in play) and pitched better than his ERA would suggest, but that doesn't make him good or even adequate. With upwards of ten rotation candidates and several youngsters sure to hold down spots in the AAA rotation, Rusch probably faces his release in March unless he catches lightning in a bottle.

Posted by Lucas at January 21, 2004 11:54 AM