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Rangers finalize one-year contract with Bradley12/13/2007 1:10 AM ET
Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have announced that the club has finalized a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Milton Bradley for the 2008 season. Bradley completed a physical exam today.
"We are very excited to add a player of Milton's caliber," said Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels. "He is an impact player on both sides of the ball and we look forward to seeing him in a Rangers uniform."
Bradley, 29, split last season with Oakland and San Diego, batting a combined .306 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 61 games. After beginning the season with Oakland, Bradley was acquired by San Diego in a June 29 season and spent the rest of the season with the Padres. He hit .313 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in just 42 games for a San Diego club that narrowly missed the postseason. His season ended early when he suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during a game on Sept. 23 vs. Colorado at PETCO Park.
For all Major League players with at least 2000 plate appearances over the last 5 seasons (2003-07), Bradley ranks among the top 25 in on-base percentage. The only switch-hitters with a higher on-base percentage than Bradley in that stretch are Lance Berkman, Chipper Jones, and Jorge Posada. Over the last 3 seasons beginning 2005, just 5 switch-hitters have a better home run per at-bat ratio than Bradley's 21.08 figure (minimum 1000 PA's): Berkman (15.19), Mark Teixeira (16.66), Jones (16.87), Carlos Beltran (18.29), and Nick Swisher (19.96).
A career .273 hitter, Bradley has amassed 81 home runs and 322 RBI over 691 Major League games with Montreal (2000-01), Cleveland (2001-03), Los Angeles (2004-05), Oakland (2006-07), and San Diego (2007). He was a part of playoff clubs in Los Angeles (2004) and Oakland (2006), as he batted .500 (9-18) with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 5 RBI for the A's in the 2006 American League Championship Series against Detroit. In Game 2 of that 2006 ALCS in Oakland, Bradley hit home runs from both sides of the plate to become just the third player in Major League history to accomplish that feat in a postseason game.
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