Twins sign Kenny Rogers

FORT MYERS, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- After learning that lefthander Eric Milton could miss the entire 2003 season, the Minnesota Twins Wednesday agreed to terms with free agent lefthander Kenny Rogers on a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is believed Rogers will receive $2 million plus $500,000 in performance bonuses.


A 14-year veteran, Rogers went 13-8 with two complete games, a shutout and a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts for Texas, where he also spent the first seven seasons of his career.

In 589 career games with the Rangers, New York Yankees, Oakland and New York Mets, including 304 as a starter, Rogers owns a 145-106 record with 28 saves, 33 complete games, seven shutouts and a 4.20 ERA.

Milton, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week, is expected to be sidelined four to six months.

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