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12/28/2002 Archived Entry: "Today's MLB News"

Today's MLB News, reported by Eric Gartman

1. Rangers sign free agent Yan- The Texas Rangers signed former Devil Rays closer Esteban Yan to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. With the signing of Ugueth Urbina, the Rangers could have a good bullpen next year. They still don't have the starting pitching to seriously contend, however.

2. Ex-teammates: Rice a no-brainer- Jim Rice's former teammates say he should be in the hall of fame already. But the case for him is very weak. His career numbers, .298 career average, 2,452 hits and 382 homers, aren't good enough, and his other numbers are even worse. He rarely walked, and finish with a paltry .356 career on base percentage. He also led the league in ground into double plays for four straight years, and set the single-season record for GIDP in 1984. There is no way he should be voted into the hall

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Urbina could be a fairly cheap closing option in leagues. The risk is his health and endurance. The Rangers will need a deep bullpen to set him up and it's debatable if they have it. I don't see Yan being a factor. He was the closer by default in Tampa but he is a step up from other middle relievers the Rangers have and with a poor starting staff may actually vulture his share of wins.

Posted by Bart Ewing @ 01/01/2003 10:48 PM EST

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