Rangers sign David Dahl to 1-year, $2.7 million contract

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have signed free agent outfielder David Dahl to a one-year, $2.7 million contract after Colorado didn’t offer him a contract coming off right shoulder surgery.

Dahl hit .183 with no homers and nine RBIs while spending about a month of the pandemic-shortened 60-game regular season on the injured list. Dahl, who spent his first nine years in pro ball with the Rockies, also dealt with back soreness last season.

Dahl had the first hit at the Rangers’ new retractable-roof stadium in 2020, a third-inning single against Lance Lynn on July 24. He had had surgery Sept. 29.

The 26-year-old could earn up to $300,000 in performance bonuses: $100,000 for 500 plate appearances and $200,000 for 550.

He was a National League All-Star in 2019, hitting .302 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs. Dahl’s career average is .286 in 264 games over parts of four seasons.

Dahl has been primarily a left fielder, the position Dahl is most likely to fill for the Rangers, although he’s one of 11 major leaguers to play all three outfield spots since 2018.

The Rangers also traded reliever Rafael Montero, who was their closer for most of last season, to Seattle for 17-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Jose Corniell and a player to be named.