NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — NOVEMBER 19, 2006
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.