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

1/5/2008 - MLB Ben Broussard Texas Rangers + more

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

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.