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MLB: Rangers let star catcher walk

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December 8, 2002

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers cut ties Saturday with Ivan Rodriguez, refusing to offer arbitration to the 10-time All-Star catcher.

"I wish baseball's economic system and arbitration process did not force this decision at this time and in this way," owner Tom Hicks said.

The Rangers want to reduce their $107-million payroll and didn't want to take a chance of Rodriguez accepting arbitration that could give him more than $12-million next season.

ASTROS: Starting pitcher Shane Reynolds re-signed for one year,$1-million.

CARDINALS: Starting pitcher Chuck Finley was offered arbitration.

D'BACKS: Centerfielder Steve Finley re-signed for two years, $11.25-million, and Mark Grace, Brian Anderson and Greg Colbrunn were offered arbitration.

EXPOS: Outfielder Wil Cordero agreed to a $600,000, one-year deal, and Andres Galarraga and Troy O'Leary were not offered arbitration.

GIANTS: Second baseman Ray Durham and outfielder Marquis Grissom signed. Durham signed a three-year, $20.1-million deal. Grissom signed a two-year, $4.25-million deal. Also, Jeff Kent was offered arbitration.

MARINERS: Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer re-signed for three years, $15.5-million. Ruben Sierra, Jose Offerman and Ismael Valdes were not offered arbitration.

ORIOLES: Shortstop Mike Bordick was not offered arbitration.

PHILLIES: Reliever Dan Plesac agreed to a one-year, $2-million deal.

REDS: Pitchers Joey Hamilton and Jose Rijo were offered arbitration, but pitchers Brian Moehler and Shawn Estes were not.

RED SOX: Pitcher Frank Castillo agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

YANKEES: Relievers Mike Stanton and Ramiro Mendoza were not offered arbitration. New York offered arbitration to Roger Clemens and third baseman Ron Coomer.

IRABU TO JAPAN: Former major-leaguer Hideki Irabu agreed to a one-year, $2-million deal with Hanshin of Japan's Central League.

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