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December 11, 2006

Lofton Signs

Texas signed outfielder KENNY LOFTON to a one-year contract for $6 million.

Texas badly needed a sure thing in the outfield. The team already had far-from-proven Nelson Cruz in right and arb-eligible, shoulder-impaired Brad Wilkerson (or Frank Catalanotto) in left. Adding Fast Freddy Guzman or Marlon Byrd in center was too much to bear.

So, Texas gets a leadoff hitter and center fielder. Lofton doesn’t walk quite as often as in his prime but still reaches base at a respectable clip, and he’s stolen 54 bases versus only eight caught during the past two years. Defensively, he’s only adequate, though he probably won’t represent too much of a decline from the departed Gary Matthews, who mostly built his reputation on highlight plays.

For these services, Lofton receives his biggest paycheck since 2001. Let the good times roll!

Posted by Lucas at December 11, 2006 10:26 PM