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December 21, 2004

Zim returns

Texas signed reliever JEFF ZIMMERMAN to a minor-league deal.

The Rangers had non-tendered Zimmerman two weeks ago.

In mid-February 2002, Jeff Zimmerman signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rangers. By the end of March, he was on the disabled list with a sore elbow. His injury gave me, in my first year of writing a little fantasy column for ESPN, the opportunity to write several thousand words about John Rocker, Hideki Irabu, Anthony Telford, and a host of other would-be closers.

Zimmerman spent three seasons and the entire length of his contract on the DL. The nature of his non-tender/resigning prevents him from pitching in Texas before May 1, but his continuing rehab has him on a midseason return at best. At this point, he's unlikely ever to pitch in the Majors again, but I sincerely hope he does.

Posted by Lucas at December 21, 2004 06:55 PM