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11/07/2008 5:35 PM ET
Rangers exercise 2009 option on infielder Hank Blalock
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ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers announced today that the organization has exercised its club option on infielder Hank Blalock for the 2009 season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Blalock, 27, has the second-longest tenure at the big league level of any current Texas player behind only Michael Young. He batted .287 (74-for-258) with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 38 RBI in 65 games during the 2008 season, his seventh as a member of the Rangers. Blalock ended the year with a productive September, posting a .337 average (32-for-95) with eight home runs, 10 doubles and 23 RBI over 24 contests.

He became just the eighth player in Texas history to connect for 10-or-more home runs in at least six consecutive seasons, while eight of his 12 homers either tied the game or gave Texas the lead. A third baseman most of his career, Blalock made 31 starts at the position before a mid-season transition that saw him make 34 starts across the diamond at first base. He missed a total of 108 days as the result of a pair of disabled list stints from April 26-July 17 and July 28-Aug. 21.

A two-time All-Star in 2003 and 2004, Blalock was originally drafted by Texas in the third round of the 1999 June Draft.

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