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Coming off elbow surgery, Guardado close to signing contract with Rangers

Updated: January 8, 2008, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Left-hander Eddie Guardado is close to reaching a contract with the Texas Rangers, who could use some experience at the back of their bullpen.

The 37-year-old reliever became a free agent when the Cincinnati Reds declined to pick up his $3.5 million option for next season. Guardado is making a comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery in September 2006.

Agent Kevin Kohler said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the deal with Texas should be completed this ...

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