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Passan on overpaid, underpaid

Hits on some Rangers, current and former, in the underpaid portion.

DH: Sammy Sosa, Texas, $500,000 - Uncle. There's been so much noise from people looking for Sammy to get some credit that it sounds more like Sousa than Sosa. He may be fake. He may be disingenuous. But the man is a bargain. Even if his on-base percentage stinks, Sosa's run production - 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 39 RBIs - makes up for it.

1B: Carlos Peña, Tampa Bay, $800,000 - Few remember that Peña hit 27 home runs with Detroit in 2004. He lost his job midway through the next season to Chris Shelton and got only 33 at-bats last year with the Red Sox. An afterthought headed into the spring, Peña is tied for sixth in the American League with 10 home runs and is behind only Jack Cust and Alex Rodriguez in at-bats per home run.

SP: Chris Young, San Diego, $750,000 - Perhaps the best trade of the decade brought Young, outfielder Terrmel Sledge and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez - who would have been just as good a choice as Carlos Peña - to the Padres for Akinori Otsuka and Adam Eaton. The 6-foot-10 Young, who spent his college career playing basketball at Princeton, is only getting better: Opponents are hitting just .214 against him.

Young's gotten his HR rate turned around out there.  If he had the wins, he'd be a legit #1.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-contracts052907

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