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After four years away, Kenny Rogers returned to the Texas Rangers, signing a $22.5 million, three-year contract.

"It's not a secret that I wanted to come back," said Rogers, who had his greatest success with the Rangers and played his first seven years with the team. "I want to try to go out and do the same thing I did the first time, and hope it will last longer than the three years."

The Rangers went after the left-hander after the departures of pitchers Aaron Sele and John Burkett, who became free agents. Sele has refused the Rangers' offer of salary arbitration and the team has pulled a four-year offer off the table.

Rogers has a career record of 114-78, for a .594 winning percentage.

Rogers was 5-1 with a 4.03 ERA for the New York Mets in the final two months of last season after going 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA for the Oakland Athletics.

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