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April 23, 2005

Minor League Signings

Texas signed 3B BRANDON LARSON and pitcher JASON BOYD to minor-league contracts.

Cincinnati nabbed Larson as the 14th-overall selection of the 1997 draft. Though already 21 when drafted, Larson progressed rather slowly, not reaching AAA until late in 2000 at age 24. In 2002-2003, his age 26-27 season, he batted .331 and hit 45 homers in 152 AAA games. Unfortunately, he never transferred that prowess to the Majors, batting .179 and slugging .299 over four years of part-time play. Larson turns 28 in May and will join AA Frisco.

Boyd is a 32-year-old, well-travelled reliever who has a 5.74 ERA over five years with four different teams.

Posted by Lucas at April 23, 2005 11:40 AM