Rangers agree to contracts with Padilla, Matthews

Updated: January 28, 2006, 12:13 AM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Vicente Padilla and outfielder Gary Matthews agreed Friday to one-year deals with the Texas Rangers, and free-agent pitcher Antonio Alfonseca agreed to a minor league contract.

 Vicente Padilla
Padilla

 Gary Matthews
Matthews

Padilla will get $4.41 million and Matthews settled at $2,387,500. Their agreements leave outfielder Kevin Mench as the last Rangers player in arbitration.

Matthews batted .255 with 17 homers and 55 RBI last season. Padilla was 9-12 with a 4.71 ERA with the Phillies.

Mench, eligible for arbitration for the first time, asked for a raise from $345,000 to $3.05 million. Texas offered $2.45 million.

Alfonseca, a right-hander, was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 33 appearances for Florida last season.


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