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Norton happy to sign deal with the Rays
By MARC TOPKIN
Published October 14, 2006
The Devil Rays wanted Greg Norton back, and the veteran infielder-outfielder wanted to come back.
So rather than go through free agency, the sides agreed Friday to a one-year deal with a 2008 option that could be worth more than $2-million.
"At this stage of my career, I had no idea what I'd be able to get out on the market. I just like to play," Norton said from his home in Colorado. "My wife and I were comfortable in Tampa Bay. We enjoyed the organization and the area. I felt a sense of loyalty to the Devil Rays because they gave me a shot to get back in the league, and they gave me a shot to play, so I was thankful for that."
Norton, 34, hadn't played in the majors since 2004 when the Rays signed him to a minor-league contract. He hit a career-high .296 with 17 homers while driving in 45 runs in 98 games, playing first base and the outfield while serving as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter.
No promises were made about playing time, Norton said, but: "I got a sense I'll be a big part of what goes on next year."
Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the Rays wanted Norton back for his ability, his versatility and his leadership.
"We're excited to have Greg back in the mix," he said. "We're looking for him to be a positive influence both on and off the field."
Norton will get $800,000 in salary in 2007 with the chance to earn about $300,000 in incentives. The Rays hold a $1-million option for 2008.