Originally created 05/17/02

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Evans' Greene signs with Texas

The Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a major-league contract Thursday with free agent catcher and Evans native Todd Greene.

To make room for Greene, who had spent the entire season with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Rangers designated catcher Hector Ortiz for assignment. Texas has 10 days to trade, release or assign Ortiz to the minors.

Greene, 31, was batting .352 with 11 homers and a Pacific Coast League-leading 41 RBI in 32 games for Las Vegas.

Greene went to spring training with the New York Yankees and was released March 27. The Dodgers signed him April 3 with the stipulation he could request free agency May 15 if not promoted.

In 258 major league games with the Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees, Greene has a .241 average with 32 homers and 103 RBI. In 100 major league games as a catcher, he has just one error. He has also played in the outfield and at first base.

  • Despite playing in one of the toughest Georgia Class AAAAA regions in the state, the Evans baseball team landed four players on the All-Region 4-AAAAA team.
  • Second baseman Jon Lee joined the squad for the second-straight year, while shortstop Justin Walker, outfielder Fernando Mickens and pitcher Seth Newsome were chosen for the first time.

    Evans will travel to Lassiter at 5 p.m. Monday to play a third-round state playoff doubleheader against the Trojans. Game 3, if necessary, will be played at 5 p.m. Tuesday.