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Rangers sign Leonys Martin

Updated: May 4, 2011, 3:44 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers officially signed outfielder Leonys Martin, a Cuban defector, Wednesday. He will get a five-year major league contract worth $15.5 million that includes a $5 million signing bonus.

It's the second-largest contract given to a Cuban defector. Hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman got a $30.25 million, six-year deal from the Cincinnati Reds in January 2010.

"It's exciting and pretty unusual to add this kind of talent to the organization ...

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