Rangers sign Jordan, pencil him in for duty in right field

Ex-outfielder I. Calderon shot to death in store



December 28, 2003

Outfielder Brian Jordan and the Texas Rangers agreed yesterday to a one-year contract that guarantees him $1,375,000.

The former All-Star from Milford Mill hit .299 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 66 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers before surgery July 11 for tendinitis in his left knee. He is expected to be at full strength when spring training starts.

"Last year, the surgery was a tough decision, but I had to make a decision based on my career," he said. "It was a decision to get healthy, and start over with a new team at 100 percent."

General manager John Hart said the signing of Jordan, who is expected to play right field, is another indication that the proposed trade of Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox really is off.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks ended talks Tuesday with the Red Sox, who were going to send outfielder Manny Ramirez to Texas.

"The signing of Brian solves our situation," Hart said. "We're going forward with Brian in the outfield and Alex at shortstop."

In 1,271 games over 12 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Dodgers, Jordan hit .287 with 173 homers and 764 RBIs. He was an All-Star with the Braves in 1999, when he hit .283 with 23 homers and 115 RBIs.

Jordan became a free agent when Los Angeles didn't exercise a $10.5 million option, instead paying a $2.5 million buyout.

After Jordan became a free agent, his agent also spoke with the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Cardinals.

Jordan's deal calls for a $1.25 million salary next season, and the contract contains a $4 million mutual option for 2005 with a $125,000 buyout. He would earn $50,000 bonuses for 400, 450, 500, 550 and 599 plate appearances. In addition, he would get $125,000 if he is traded or has 650 plate appearances.

The Rangers also are close to an agreement on a $725,000, one-year deal with former Orioles outfielder David Dellucci, who played for Texas manager Buck Showalter in Arizona from 1998 to 2000. The contract is expected to be completed tomorrow.

OBITUARY: Former major league outfielder Ivan Calderon was shot to death in Loiza, Puerto Rico. He was 41.

Witnesses said Calderon was in a store when two people entered and, without a word, shot him multiple times in the back, said police Sgt. Maribel Arzuaga.

Calderon played 10 seasons in the major leagues with the Mariners, White Sox, Red Sox and Expos. He finished his big league career in 1993 with a .272 batting average, 104 homers and 444 RBIs.

Calderon was born in eastern Puerto Rico and lived in Loiza, a northern coastal town.

BLUE JAYS: Left-hander Valerio De Los Santos agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract with Toronto, which also agreed to minor league deals with right-hander Jayson Durocher and outfielder Chad Hermanson.

De Los Santos, 31, was a combined 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA last season with the Brewers and Phillies, who acquired him Sept. 2 for a player to be named.

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