Broussard agrees to 1-year, $3.85M deal with Rangers

Updated: January 5, 2008, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ben Broussard and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $3.85 million, one-year contract on Saturday, avoiding arbitration.

Ben Broussard

Broussard

The first baseman was acquired in a trade with Seattle last month. The Rangers sent infielder Tug Hulett to the Mariners for Broussard, who hit .275 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs last season.

The 31-year-old Broussard was a second-round draft pick out of McNeese State by the Cincinnati Reds in 1999. He has three career pinch-hit grand slams, tied for the most in major league history.

The signing of Broussard leaves the Rangers with two players eligible for arbitration: outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher Gerald Laird.

The Rangers also signed right-hander Jason Davis to a minor league contract Saturday with an invitation to spring training. Davis was 2-0 with a 5.84 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Cleveland and Seattle last year.

Broussard can earn an additional $150,000 in performance bonuses. He would get $30,000 each for 475, 500, 525, 550 and 575 plate appearances.

Broussard also will donate $25,000 to the Texas Rangers Foundation.


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