Florida’s Smith agrees to Rangers’ offer

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Florida catcher Brady Smith. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun Correspondent]

Florida junior catcher/infielder Brady Smith signed with the Texas Rangers as an undrafted free agent, the Major League Baseball team announced Monday night.

Smith was not selected in last week’s MLB draft. Under a spring agreement between the owners and the MLB Players Association, all undrafted free agents can sign for a maximum of only $20,000.

Smith made six starts in 15 games this past season, sharing time with freshman Nathan Hickey before the season was cut short because of COVID-19. He batted .167 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Smith started 53 of his 56 appearances as a sophomore last year, batting .270 with five home runs and 20 RBI. As a freshman in 2018, he hit .264 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI.