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Rangers ink ex-Mariner Chavez to minor league deal


NEW YORK -- Endy Chavez signed a minor league deal with the Rangers. He gets $1 million if he makes the team this year, and th Rangers hold an option For $1.25 million for 2011.

In nine MLB seasons, Chavez has amassed 19 homers, 190 RBIs, 87 steals and a .270 batting average.

Chavez is recovering from knee surgery last July and is not expected to be fully healthy for the start of the regular season. He played 54 games for Seattle last year before tearing the ACL in his right knee when he collided with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt when both were chasing a popup in short left field on June 19.

Monday's deal gives the Rangers 15 non-roster players for spring training.

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Chavez batted .273 and stole nine bases last season. He has played all three outfield spots in his nine major league seasons with Kansas City, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, the New York Mets and Seattle.