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December 17, 2004

Colbrunn signed

Texas signed 1B/DH GREG COLBRUNN to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Colbrunn will earn $650,000 if a member of the Rangers.

At the turn of the decade, Colbrunn was Arizona's spot starter a first and arguably a better choice than Mark Grace. Injuries have limited him to under 100 plate appearances in the last two years combined. Wrist surgery ended his 2004 campaign in June.

Colbrunn has the reputation of someone who only hits lefties, but his splits aren't that pronounced (an advantage of eight points of batting average, a mere one point of OBP, and 42 points of slugging against lefties).

For now, Colbrunn doesn't require a roster spot. Assuming his wrist has healed enough that he can swing a bat properly, he probably will make the team as the wrong end of the DH platoon. In a perfect world, he'll get about 200 at-bats with a line of .280/.340/.480.

Posted by Lucas at December 17, 2004 08:31 PM