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Texas Rangers agree to two-year contract with Mark Teixiera
01/17/2006 3:40 PM ET
ARLINGTON, TX - Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels announced today the club has agreed with 1B Mark Teixeira on a two-year contract for 2006 and 2007. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Teixeira had been eligible for arbitration.

"Mark is an integral part of what we are trying to do here, Daniels said. "He's the kind of person and player we want to build around. "Avoiding the arbitration process for the next two years with a core player such as Mark is an important step for both he and the club. We're hopeful the contract is the continuation of a relationship that will last well beyond the term of this agreement."

Teixeira led the American League in total bases (370) in 2005 and ranked among AL leaders in games (T1st, 162), extra-base hits (2nd, 87), RBI (T2nd, 144), home runs (4th, 43), multi-hit games (4th, 59), slugging percentage (5th, .575), hits (T6th, 194), doubles (7th, 41), runs (T7th, 112) and on-base percentage (10th, .379) He set a club record for home runs and RBI as a first baseman while establishing a major league record for RBI by a switch hitter in a single season.

He made his All-Star game debut, starting and playing the first six innings in Detroit. He went 1-3 in the game with a home run in the sixth inning off of Florida's Dontrelle Willis.

Yesterday, he was named to the provisional roster for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic to be held in March.

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