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January 18, 2005

Matthews Returns

Texas signed outfielder GARY MATTHEWS JR. to a one-year, $1.1 million contract, thereby avoiding arbitration.

Matthews will serve as 4th/5th outfielder and spot Laynce Nix in center against lefties. He displayed excellent defense and surprising power last year for Texas after being dismissed by Atlanta. A repeat of his .461 slugging percentage is unlikely, but even so, Matthews provides a good insurance policy if Nix can't pull his OBP above .300.

Posted by Lucas at January 18, 2005 01:35 PM