The Rangers also finalized a $15.25 million, five-year contract with All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock. The deal includes a club option for a sixth year.
Okay, okay, it's not like he was going to be a FA anytime soon. Still, this means no arbitration, no contract distractions, and this also makes him unlikely to be traded. If he continues to produce and - dare I say it - improve, $3 million dollars a year is a damn good bargain.