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Rangers agree to terms with Seanez

January 29, 2002|By STEPHEN HAWKINS

AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas — Right-hander Ismael Valdes agreed Monday to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Texas, joining his fourth team in four years and giving the Rangers yet another pitching option.

Texas also agreed Monday to a minor league contract with right-hander reliever Rudy Seanez of El Centro, a Brawley Union High graduate, who was invited to spring training as a non-roster player.

Valdes went 9-13 with a 4.45 ERA in 27 starts last season for Anaheim, striking out 100 in 163 2-3 innings. He has a career record of 72-74 with a 3.70 ERA in 224 games with Los Angeles (1992, 1994 to 2000), the Chicago Cubs (2000) and Anaheim.


‘‘We have a 28-year-old youthful right-hander that we feel is going to help us in a position of need,'' general manager John Hart said. ‘‘Over his career, he has provided a number of innings and is an established major league-caliber pitcher.''

Hart has brought in 11 new pitchers since he became GM on Nov. 1. The Rangers had the worst pitching staff in the majors last season with a 5.71 ERA and finished last in the AL West for the second year in a row.

Valdes won 10 or more games with the Dodgers from 1995 through 1998, setting career highs in 1995 when he won 15 games while pitching 225 innings with 173 strikeouts.

After elbow surgery, Seanez was a combined 0-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 38 appearances with San Diego and Atlanta last season. The opposition batted just .178 against him, the second-lowest among NL relievers with at least 30 appearances.

Seanez, 33, is 16-13 with a 4.32 ERA and 11 saves in 242 appearances with Cleveland (1989 to 1991), San Diego (1993; 2001), Los Angeles (1994 to 95), and Atlanta (1998 to 2001).

Rangers pitchers report to Port Charlotte, Fla., on Feb. 14.

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