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Byrd agrees to one-year, $1.8 million contract with Rangers

Updated: January 16, 2008, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Marlon Byrd and the Texas Rangers avoided arbitration when they agreed Wednesday on a $1.8 million, one-year contract.

After being the last player cut by the Rangers in spring training a year ago, Byrd was recalled May 26 and hit .307 in 109 games with 10 home runs and 70 RBIs, both career highs. He became the team's primary center fielder after Kenny Lofton was traded at the end of July.

Catcher Gerald Laird is the only arbitration-eligible Texas player ...

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