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Rangers Agree to Terms With Greene

May 16, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ The Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a major league contract Thursday with free agent catcher Todd Greene.

To make room for Greene, who had spent the entire season with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Rangers designated catcher Hector Ortiz for assignment. Texas has 10 days to trade, release or assign Ortiz to the minors.

Greene, 31, was batting .352 with 11 homers and a Pacific Coast League-leading 41 RBIs in 32 games for Las Vegas.

Greene went to spring training with the New York Yankees and was released March 27. The Dodgers signed him April 3 with the stipulation he could request free agency May 15 if not promoted.

In 258 major league games with the Angels, Blue Jays and Yankees, Greene has a .241 average with 32 homers and 103 RBIs. In 100 major league games as a catcher, he has just one error. He has also played in the outfield and at first base.

Ortiz was acquired by the Rangers from Kansas City on April 26 and brought up from Triple-A three days later. He batted. 214 with a homer and two RBIs in seven games for Texas.

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