D-Rays sign Alomar

Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 10:52 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Roberto Alomar will try to rejuvenate his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The 12-time All-Star second baseman agreed Monday to a one-year contract after missing two months last season with a broken right hand and hitting just .263 in 56 games for Arizona and the Chicago White Sox. The deal is contingent upon a physical.
The St. Louis Cardinals also expressed interest this winter in the 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, whose $1 million salary in 2004 included $350,000 that is deferred until 2009.
Since hitting .336 with Cleveland in 2001, Alomar has struggled at the plate while hitting .266, .258 and .263 the past three seasons. Last year, he was sidelined from April 21 to June 22 after being by a pitch and finished with four homers and 24 RBIs.
The American League leader in career fielding percentage at .987, the 36-year-old brother of Texas catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. is 276 hits shy of 3,000 and 26 stolen bases short of 500 for his career - both third among active players.
Alomar has batted .300 nine times in 17 major league seasons for San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, Arizona, the White Sox and New York Mets. His .300 career average includes a .313 mark in the AL. He has hit 210 homers, scored 1,508 runs and driven in 1,136 runs in 2,379 games.
An important component of Toronto teams that won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, Alomar has hit .313 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 58 postseason games.
Alomar, who turns 37 on Feb. 5, also ranks third among second basemen in doubles (504) and is fourth in steals (474) and extra base hits (794).
In addition to being one of just seven players in major league history with a .300 average, 400 steals and 500 doubles, he has stolen 30 or more bases eight times, hit 20-plus homers three times and drive in more than 100 runs twice.

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