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1.13.2008

Everyday Eddie Signs With Rangers

Less than two years since undergoing elbow ligament-replacement surgery, Eddie Guardado has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Texas Rangers, with an opportunity to make an extra $4 million in performance bonuses.

The two-time All-Star, who earned his nickname by his willingness to pitch whenever the Minnesota Twins needed him from 1993-2003, spent part of the 2006 season as the Seattle Mariners' closer before losing his job, getting traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and eventually hurting his elbow. He attempted a comeback for the remaining two months of last season, but finished with a sloppy 7.24 ERA over 15 appearances.

But Eddie's feelin' good these days. The 37-year-old lefty, who led the American League with 45 saves in his first full season as the Twins' closer in 2002, has a career 4.31 ERA with 183 saves, ranked 11th among active pitchers and second among active lefties behind the New York Mets' Billy Wagner.

Even if Guardado doesn't land the closer role, he's okay with playing the veteran presence to tutor a budding relief corps, which includes righties Joaquin Benoit and Frank Francisco.

"I'll help out the best I can," Guardado said. "I love doing that."
[AP] | [The Ranger Rundown] | []


3 Comments:

Megs said...

Even though we have Joe Nathan, I kinda miss Everday Eddie...