Rangers sign IF Alfonzo

Dec 15, 2007 - 1:59 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- The Texas Rangers on Friday signed infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Alfonzo, 34, spent the entire 2007 campaign with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, hitting .266 with five home runs, 56 RBI and 23 doubles in 105 games. He split the 2006 campaign between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Toronto Blue Jays.

An All-Star in 2000 with the New York Mets, Alfonzo currently is playing for Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League. Through Thursday, the veteran was batting .345 with five homers and 25 RBI in 39 games.

He ranks fourth among Venezuelan League qualifiers in both batting average and slugging percentage.

Alfonzo became the first player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first career postseason game in 1999 while with the Mets. He won a National League Silver Slugger Award that season and has finished as a runner-up in Gold Glove balloting on three different occasions.

A career .284 hitter with 146 homers and 744 RBI, Alfonzo has appeared in 1,506 games over 12 seasons with the Mets, San Francisco Giants, Angels and Blue Jays.

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