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Saturday, December 27, 2003

Associated Press


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers signed free-agent outfielder Brian Jordan to a one-year contract Saturday.


Jordan, a former All-Star who missed the second half of last season after knee surgery, became a free agent when the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't exercise a $10.5 million team option for 2004, and paid him a $2.5 million buyout.


Terms of his contract with Texas weren't released.


Jordan hit .299 with six homers and 28 RBI in 66 games last season before having surgery July 11 for tendinitis in his left knee. He is expected to be at full strength when spring training starts.


In 1,271 games over 12 seasons with St. Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Jordan hit .287 with 173 homers and 764 RBI. He was an All-Star with the Braves in 1999, when he hit .283 with 23 homers and 115 RBI.


The Rangers were also close on a one-year contract with outfielder David Dellucci, who played for Texas manager Showalter in Arizona from 1998-00. Dellucci's signing is expected Monday.

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Rangers signed outfielder Brian Jordan' date=' who had been with the Dodgers, to a one-year, $1.375 million contract with a mutual option for 2005. Jordan's 2004 base salary is $1.25 million, but he can earn $50,000 bonuses for 400, 450, 500, 550 and 599 plate appearances. In addition, he would get $125,000 if he is traded or has 650 plate appearances. The 2005 mutual option is worth $4 million and contains a $125,000 buyout.[/quote']
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