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Rangers '73 Hot Stove League Summary

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Posted 05-16-2011 at 03:00 PM by neugey

Like other teams in the RRL, the Rangers had a busy offseason and open spring training with some significant changes on their roster. Here's a quick breakdown of the Rangers' hot stove activites:

- SS Maury Wills announced his retirement.

- Lost reliever Horacio Pina, SS Gene Michael and outfielder Cleo James to free agency.

- Re-signed catcher/outfielder Dick Billings to a 1-year contract extension worth a total of $56,301.

- SP Steve Kline received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $41,481.
- RF Ted Ford received a 1-year contract through arbitration worth a total of $41,481.

- Traded 21-year-old closer Steve Lawson to the Oakland Athletics, getting 29-year-old right fielder Bobby Darwin in return.
- Traded 29-year-old reliever Jackie Brown to the Montreal Expos, getting 24-year-old first baseman Jack Pierce in return.
- Traded 26-year-old left fielder Joe Lis and 22-year-old starting pitcher Pete Broberg to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting 24-year-old third baseman Ron Cey in return.
- Traded 26-year-old closer Dick Baney to the Chicago Cubs, getting 26-year-old center fielder Rick Bladt in return.
- Traded 28-year-old second baseman Dave Nelson and 36-year-old left fielder Frank Howard to the Milwaukee Brewers, getting 24-year-old center fielder Billy North in return.

- Signed free agent SP Bill Stoneman to a 1-year contract worth a total of $183,000.
- Signed free agent 2B Sandy Alomar to a 2-year contract worth a total of $185,800.
- Signed free agent C John Boccabella to a 1-year contract worth a total of $45,500.
- Signed free agent MR Rob Gardner to a 3-year contract worth a total of $157,200.
- Signed free agent MR Sam McDowell to a 2-year contract worth a total of $93,800.
- Signed free agent MR Ron Taylor to a 1-year contract worth a total of $41,490.
- Signed free agent 2B Tito Fuentes to a 2-year contract worth a total of $193,600.

Executive manager Riley Payton offered the following comments on the 1973 off-season: "By most indicators, we are happy with the decisions and the trades we were able to make this off-season. I felt we kept most of our core intact. We've got two good young left-handed starters to build around and two solid right hand veterans to complete the rotation. Our lineup is more fearsome ... we've got a bit more power and more quality hitters up and down the roster. We've bolstered our right-handed hitting with Bobby Darwin, Ron Cey and rookie Dave Winfield in order to support the left-handed hitting we had success acquiring last season."

"Already through 4 spring training games, I can see we are a deeper team. There will be some tough calls for our final 25-man squad to start the season. Our minor league systems should have a bit more depth, especially AAA, and should supplement what we want to accomplish at the majors. I don't think injuries will derail us. We've got some good depth. If we play as a team and get some key pitching contributions, I think we can achieve a winning record and content for the division."
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