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    Rangers in line for Delgado

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    Rangers a step behind in pursuit of Delgado

    Friday meeting with slugger will be after other suitors

    By EVAN GRANT / The Dallas Morning News



    ARLINGTON By the time the Rangers step up to the plate to speak face-to-face with Carlos Delgado and agent David Sloane on Friday, they'll already be behind in the count.

    The Rangers signed reliever Carlos Almanzar for a one-year base salary of $1.1 million. Their chief competition for Delgado the Florida Marlins and New York Mets will each have had two cuts. Sloane, who had a long conversation with Marlins officials on Tuesday, said he would meet with the Mets today in Puerto Rico.

    Mets officials met with Delgado, sans Sloane, in Puerto Rico a little over a week ago. The Marlins met with the duo in South Florida over the weekend. This will be the Rangers first significant contact since Sloane met with a slew of teams at the winter meetings.

    "We are going to give it our best shot," Rangers owner Tom Hicks said from the Dominican Republic. "We know he's got other opportunities, but we like how we stack up. We're an [American League] team. He likes our park. He likes our young team. He likes our bullpen."

    One potential sticking point for Delgado, however, might be his role. While the Marlins and Mets are willing to make Delgado a full-time first baseman, he would likely DH the majority of the time in Texas and spell Mark Teixeira in the field for 30 or so games.

    Almanzar signs: The Rangers remained perfect in the John Hart era at avoiding a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms with right-handed reliever Carlos Almanzar. Almanzar will receive a base salary of $1.1 million.

    The Rangers had already agreed with their other three arbitration-eligible players: catcher Rod Barajas, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.

    "We don't like to go to hearings and get into a contrary situation with the players," GM Hart said. "We believe in them all year, we don't want to say anything negative in a hearing. This way, we go forward as a band of brothers."

    Almanzar, who was 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA last year, led Rangers relievers in wins. Almanzar missed the last week of the season with shoulder fatigue but said Tuesday his arm was fine. He did pitch briefly in the Dominican winter league.

    No rush for extensions: While owner Tom Hicks said he expects manager Buck Showalter to be with the team for a long time, he said a contract extension was not on the team's immediate agenda.

    "Our focus this week is on Dominican academies, not contract extensions," Hicks said. "We may sit down and have a ****tail and discuss the future, but we're going to deal with our priority, which is to figure out how to do a better job [in the Dominican Republic]."

    Briefly: The Rangers agreed to terms with INF Mark DeRosa, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery after last season, on a minor league contract with a spring training invitation. DeRosa will compete for the backup infielder's spot. DeRosa started at four spots for Atlanta last year, the majority at third base. DeRosa made 10 errors in 62 starts at third, four in one game. He hit .239. ... The Rangers watched RHP Pedro Astacio throw in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. GM John Hart said Astacio, who has been limited to 45 1/3 innings the last two seasons because of injuries, was among a group of four or five veteran pitchers the Rangers might have a "50-50 shot" at signing. That group dwindled by two Wednesday when former Ranger RHPs Esteban Loaiza (Washington) and Aaron Sele (Seattle) agreed to deals.


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    Re: Rangers in line for Delgado

    He ain't going there, the Rangers are being used.

    Delgado is going to the Mets as part of the continued buying of talent that will inevitably haunt the Mets.
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    Re: Rangers in line for Delgado

    He also dosen't want to be a FT DH, so the Rangers are out of it.

    Glad too, the Rangers have too much young talent to sit the bench.

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    Re: Rangers in line for Delgado

    somewhat of a surprise to see him go to the fish. Not sure how they give him "the best chance of winning." Yeah they won the WS 2 years ago, but it seemed to be somewhat of a fluke. Their pitching needs some help.
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