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Rangers avoid arbitration with deals for Gallo and Santana



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have agreed on one-year contracts with All-Star slugger Joey Gallo and likely starting center fielder Danny Santana. The deals Friday with those two players, and right-handed reliever Rafael Montero, means the Rangers will avoid a salary arbitration hearing for the 20th year in a row. Gallo got a $4.4 million deal. He was a first-time All-Star last year in an injury-shortened season, when he hit 22 homers in 70 games. Santana got a $3.6 million deal after playing seven different positions last year. He'll go to spring training as their center fielder after Delino DeShields was traded.

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