Thursday, January 12, 2006

Signings from around the American League

Rangers Sign Joaquin Benoit to a One-Year Contract:

Joaquin Benoit and the Texas Rangers agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $775,000.

The 28-year-old right-hander went 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA last year. He pitched in 32 games and started in nine. He is 19-19 with a 5.17 ERA in his career.

Benoit missed the early part of the season with shoulder tendinitis and saw some time on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis. He can earn $25,000 bonuses for appearing in 55 and 60 games.

Maroth, Inge Sign with Detroit

Mike Maroth agreed Wednesday to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers and third baseman Brandon Inge signed off on a $3 million, one-year deal.

Maroth was 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA last season, when he had 115 strikeouts and 51 walks in 209 innings. The 28-year-old left-hander went 9-21 in 2003, becoming the first pitcher since 1980 to lose 20 games. He bounced back the next year with an 11-13 record and a 4.31 ERA.

Detroit will pay Maroth $2.3 million this year and $2.95 million in 2007.

Inge, who also is 28, batted .261 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs last year. Primarily a catcher during his first four seasons in Detroit, he played 160 games at third base last season — the most by a Tiger at that position since Aurelio Rodriguez's 160 in 1973.

Eduardo Perez Agrees to a One-Year Deal with Indians

The Cleveland Indians finalized their one-year contract Wednesday with free agent Eduardo Perez, who could end up in a platoon at first base with Ben Broussard.

Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, batted .255 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs last season for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In 2004, he drove in 82 runs.

The 36-year-old will give Indians manager Eric Wedge a much needed right-handed hitter off the bench when Broussard plays. In his career against left-handers, Perez has batted .263 with 47 homers and 168 RBIs.

Perez had his best season in 1997 for Cincinnati, when he batted .253 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. A first-round pick by the California Angels in 1991, Perez has also played for St. Louis.


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