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Padres Sign Outfielder Ron Gant

January 19, 2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Outfielder Ron Gant agreed to a minor league contract Friday with the San Diego Padres and will be invited to spring training.

Gant, 36, is a career .256 hitter with 288 doubles, 302 home runs, 945 RBIs and 239 stolen bases in 14 major league seasons with seven clubs.

He hit .258 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 93 games last season for Colorado and Oakland.

Gant was Atlanta’s fourth-round selection in the 1983 draft. He was an All-Star in 1992 and 1995. He has six 20-home run seasons, including four with at least 30.

With 302 career home runs, Gant ranks 17th among active players.

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