With Matthews Jr. gone, Rangers agree with Lofton

Updated: December 11, 2006, 7:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

IRVING, Texas -- Free agent Kenny Lofton reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers worth about $6 million.

The deal for the center fielder was confirmed by a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical on the 39-year-old Lofton, a six-time All-Star.

Lofton is expected to fill the void in the Rangers lineup created when All-Star center fielder Gary ...

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