Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that, pending a physical, Texas will sign outfielder-DH Frank Catalanotto to a three-year contract worth more than $13 million, a deal very similar to the one Mark DeRosa got from the Cubs. The Rangers also have a club option for a fourth year.

One of the best fastball hitters around, Catalanotto could figure in as a starting left fielder, a fourth outfielder, or a designated hitter, and maybe more importantly, a strong candidate to lead off should Gary Matthews Jr. not return. Catalanotto, 31, has a lifetime on-base percentage of .364.

Catalanotto is a Type A free agent (by the slimmest of margins), meaning Texas forfeits the number 16 pick in next June’s draft to Toronto. If the Rangers sign a higher-ranked free agent that’s offered arbitration (or prior to the deadline to offer arb), Toronto will get the Rangers’ second-rounder, but in any event, the Rangers’ first has now been surrendered.

Also, Ken Rosenthal reports that talks between Texas and the White Sox involving Jon Garland and John Danks have cooled, I’m pleased to say.

More in the next Newberg Report.

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This is a dumb signing! I like Catalanotto as a player when he was here last time, and as a person. But, first off…He is not worth that much for what we need him to do…and second off we are giving away an early draft choice b/c he is a Type A free agent (which he shouldn’t be). This is not a good move, and many people I have talked to (and the people’s comments I have read) lament the same things I am saying. Don’t bring Cat back!

I don’t like losing the first round pick (although I am not sure why given the track record of Rangers 1st rounders), but I am in favor of bring little Cat back. The money seems high, but given what DeRosa got, I’d say it is the going rate. There are few if any players on the roster that can do what Cat does as far as getting on base and this offense sorely needs consistent table setters for Young and Tex and company. With GMJ likely gone at least Cat gives an option at the top of the order.

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