Monday, November 27, 2006

Former Rebel to Indians

This was reported by FoxSports Ken Rosenthal a few hours ago. Why would the Rangers owner say this. If he realized they made the mistake, then why not bring him back. It was incredibly stupid to let him go.

(Fox Sports) The Indians have found a new left fielder, reaching agreement with free agent David Dellucci on a three-year, $11.5 million contract, has learned.

The deal is contingent on Dellucci passing a physical. The examination is expected to take place Thursday in Cleveland.
The signing of Dellucci, a left-handed hitter, will enable the Indians to play Shin-Soo Choo in right field and move Casey Blake to first base. Jason Michaels, a right-handed hitter, likely will play left against certain left-handed pitchers.

Dellucci, 33, spent last season as a part-time player after the Rangers traded him to the Phillies on April 1. He performed well in his limited role, however, hitting 13 homers and producing an .899 on-base/slugging percentage in 264 at-bats.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks cited the absence of Dellucci when bemoaned his team's lack of toughness in a radio interview late in the season, saying, "I think we missed David Dellucci. I think that leadership in the clubhouse part is really important, and we didn't have that after he left."

Dellucci, a 10-year veteran, has a career .348 on-base percentage.