Gonzalez Completes Physical For Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Juan Gonzalez (pictured, right) moved a step closer to finalizing his $24 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, completing a physical Thursday before returning home to Puerto Rico.

Team doctors will review the results from a series of different tests over two days. Rangers spokesman John Blake said the results weren't available Thursday.

Gonzalez and the Rangers agreed to terms Jan. 8, but the deal is contingent on the two-time AL MVP passing the physical. Gonzalez has had back problems in the past.

Gonzalez spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Texas, winning the AL MVP award in 1996 and 1998.

He was traded to Detroit in a nine-player deal after the 1999 season. After struggling during his one season with the Tigers, Gonzalez rebounded to hit .325 with 35 homers and 140 RBIs last year in Cleveland.

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