Rangers sign Marlon Byrd to one year deal

By: Associatd Press
By: Associatd Press

Friday Jan. 30, 2009

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a one-year deal worth $3.06 million, the last of the team's players eligible for arbitration.

The team said part of the deal, announced Friday, included a donation by Byrd to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The 31-year-old Byrd ranked fourth on the club in games played despite season-long issues with his left knee, which required surgery in October. Byrd batted .298 with 10 home runs, 28 doubles and 53 RBIs in 122 games for Texas last year.

Byrd also had career highs in walks (46), slugging percentage (.462) and on-base percentage (.380), while matching his career bests in homers and doubles.

The Rangers had already avoided arbitration by signing pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Frank Francisco and C.J. Wilson.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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