Rangers Agree to Terms With Valdes
Jan. 29, 2002
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Right-hander Ismael Valdes agreed Monday to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Texas, joining his fourth team in four years and giving the Rangers yet another pitching option.
Texas also agreed Monday to a minor league contract with right-hander reliever Rudy Seanez, who was invited to spring training as a non-roster player.
Valdes went 9-13 with a 4.45 ERA in 27 starts last season for Anaheim, striking out 100 in 163 2-3 innings. He has a career record of 72-74 with a 3.70 ERA in 224 games with Los Angeles (1992, 1994 to 2000), the Chicago Cubs (2000) and Anaheim.
``We have a 28-year-old youthful right-hander that we feel is going to help us in a position of need,'' general manager John Hart said. ``Over his career, he has provided a number of innings and is an established major league-caliber pitcher.''
Hart has brought in 11 new pitchers since he became GM on Nov. 1. The Rangers had the worst pitching staff in the majors last season with a 5.71 ERA and finished last in the AL West for the second year in a row.
Chan Ho Park, one of the newcomers, and Kenny Rogers and Doug Davis are the only pitchers that seem assured spots in the starting rotation. Hart said Valdes will be among up to six contenders for the final two spots in the rotation.
``Obviously pitching was a deficiency for this club,'' Hart said. ``This gives us some very good options for what we do coming out of camp. Some of the things we have done this winter have given us depth to select from with quality.''
Valdes won 10 or more games with the Dodgers from 1995 through 1998, setting career highs in 1995 when he won 15 games while pitching 225 innings with 173 strikeouts.
Valdes can earn an additional $1,225,000 in performance bonuses: $400,000 each for 150 and 175 innings, and $425,000 for 200 innings. Of his base salary, $1 million will be deferred with interest, payable from 2003 to 2006.
After elbow surgery, Seanez was a combined 0-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 38 appearances with San Diego and Atlanta last season. The opposition batted just .178 against him, the second-lowest among NL relievers with at least 30 appearances.
Seanez, 33, is 16-13 with a 4.32 ERA and 11 saves in 242 appearances with Cleveland (1989 to 1991), San Diego (1993; 2001), Los Angeles (1994 to 95), and Atlanta (1998 to 2001).
Rangers pitchers report to Port Charlotte, Fla., on Feb. 14.