Chen and Rangers agree to minor league contract
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Left-hander Bruce Chen agreed to a minor league contract Tuesday with the Texas Rangers and will go to spring training with the chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Chen was 0-7 with a 6.93 ERA in 12 starts and 28 relief appearances for Baltimore last year, but was 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 2005. In nine major league seasons with Atlanta, Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston and Baltimore, his record is 35-37 with a 4.60 ERA in 237 games.
He would get a $1.1 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and the chance to earn performance bonuses.
Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Brandon McCarthy and Robinson Tejeda -- all signed past the 2007 season -- are the likely top four starters for rookie manager Ron Washington. Millwood was a 16-game winner last year, and Padilla won 15 games.
The Rangers previously agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Jamey Wright. Kameron Loe, John Koronka and Edinson Volquez were part-time starters last season for Texas and will also be in the mix this spring.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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