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Rangers Trade Gonzalez to Tigers

November 3, 1999

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Detroit Tigers in a nine-player deal Tuesday.

Going with Gonzalez to Detroit were pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Gregg Zaun, Rangers general manager Doug Melvin announced.

The Rangers received pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Bill Haselman and infielder Frank Catalanotto.

``I guess it heated up over the last couple of days,″ Melvin said. ``We had talked about it at length. (Detroit General Manager) Randy Smith has been on vacation in Hawaii, so it was a long-distance call trying to get the deal done.″

Melvin added: ``Thompson has been highly regarded, and we feel that with him and Cordero coming to our pitching staff that we’ve improved our ballclub.″

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