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Rangers offer Bradley arbitration

Rangers offer Bradley arbitration

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have offered free-agent outfielder/designated hitter Milton Bradley arbitration but declined to do so with three other players.

Bradley, who is a Type B free agent, has until Sunday to accept the offer. If he doesn't and signs with another team, the Rangers will receive a supplemental first round pick in next year's First-Year Player Draft.

Bradley led the Rangers with a .321 batting average in 2008 while scoring 78 runs with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs. He was named to the American League All-Star team and set a club record with a .436 on-base percentage.

If Bradley accepts arbitration, then he becomes a signed player on the 40-man roster. He spent most of this past season as the Rangers' designated hitter, but that job is expected to go to Hank Blalock next year.

The Rangers declined to offer arbitration to pitchers Jason Jennings and Jamey Wright and infielder Ramon Vazquez. All three were unranked free agents.

Also on Monday, the Rangers granted the Mariners permission to interview Minor League pitching coordinator Rick Adair for a spot on their Major League coaching staff.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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