Arlington, Texas Alfonso Soriano agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who avoided salary arbitration with the All-Star second baseman they insist they aren't trying to trade.
"We've never been looking to move him. If there was an opportunity to make the club better, of course you have to listen," Rangers assistant general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. "It was rumors and speculation, not reality."
Several teams have inquired about a trade for Soriano, but none of the talk has been serious enough to intrigue the Rangers.
Soriano came to Texas last February in the trade that sent Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees.
While he had an AL-high 23 errors, Soriano hit .280 with 28 homers and 91 RBIs before missing the final 16 games last season with a strained left hamstring.
"I think he's going to have a big year for us," manager Buck Showalter said. "We can forget about a lot of the adjustments he had to make (last season). ... He's very happy here."
Soriano is getting a $2.1 million raise from last year, when the Rangers payroll was around $63 million.
Other signings around Major League Baseball on Monday:
- All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar agreed Monday to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The deal is contingent upon a physical.
- Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero agreed to a $3.7 million, two-year contract with the Minnesota Twins and free-agent infielder Eric Munson agreed to minor league deal that would pay him $700,000 if he is added to the Twins' major league roster.
- Outfielder Luis Matos and the Baltimore Orioles agreed Monday to a one-year contract worth $1,025,000, a raise of $50,000.
- Outfielder Jeff DaVanon avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms of a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Angels.
- Shortstop Rafael Furcal agreed to a $5.6 million, one year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, and new closer Dan Kolb also avoided arbitration with a $3.4 million contract for 2005.
In addition, the Braves reached a $1.65 million, one-year deal with reliever Chris Reitsma,
- The San Francisco Giants agreed to a $6.1 million, two-year contract with utilityman Pedro Feliz.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks and pitcher Randy Choate agreed Monday to a $1.3 million, two-year contract.
- Gold Glove shortstop Cesar Izturis avoided arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $9.9 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Pitcher Brandon Duckworth and the Houston Astros agreed Monday to a $500,000, one-year contract, a raise of $110,000.
- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis, coming off a career-best 15 victories, agreed Monday to a $3 million, one-year contract.
- The Reds avoided arbitration with two of their cornerstone players on Monday, agreeing to a $4.6 million, one-year contract with outfielder Adam Dunn and a $930,000 deal with outfielder Austin Kearns.
- Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett agreed Monday to a $3.65 million, one-year contract rather than go to arbitration.