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January 28, 2006


Texas signed pitcher VICENTE PADILLA to a one-year contract for $4.4 million, avoiding arbitration. They also signed outfielder GARY MATTHEWS JR. to a one-year contract for $2,387,500, avoiding arbitration. Reliever ANTONIO ALFONSECA signed a minor-league contract.

Padilla received slightly under the midpoint of his $4.8 million request and the team’s $4.1 million offer. Matthews had asked for $3 million and was offered one million less. Pretty amazing for a guy in his seventh organization, thrice waived, once released.

Alfonseca has an erratic track record in performance and status, having declined from well-paid closer to well-paid setup man to mop-up man to NRI in three short years. He doesn’t strike out a great many batters. He does keep the ball in the park and on the ground. Alfonseca’s a nice addition relative to the loopy dollars being handed out to just above-average relievers, but where he fits among all the other right-handed bullpen options in a mystery.

Posted by Lucas at January 28, 2006 11:42 PM