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A few things out there today to talk about...

The Rangers are close to signing Bruce Chen, according to Evan Grant.

Chen's track record is spotty, and he's got a reputation for having coachability issues, which has contributed to his vagabond history.

But he's just 30, he's a lefty, and he was very good with the Orioles in 2004. This is exactly the type of player the Rangers should be bringing in to take a look at and to provide competition for the #5 slot, and if the Rangers have Chen in the rotation rather than Kameron Loe or Josh Rupe, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Also, for those of you who are tired of the Sammy Sosa circus, Richard Durrett discusses the Juan Gonzalez comeback story. Juan is probably even less likely than Sosa to be any good right now, and I'm ready for that saga to be over.

Bill Hall just signed a 4 year, $24 million deal with the Brewers. Yes, the Bill Hall.

Hall has actually become, pretty quietly, an awfully good player for the Brewers. He's sort of the Milwaukee version of Melvin Mora, a guy who suddenly started hitting, and who can play several defensive positions, but none real well. From what I understand, the Brewers are looking to plug him into centerfield for the coming season.