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02/07/2006 7:45 PM ET
Diamondbacks ink free agent outfielder Jeff DaVanon
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent outfielder Jeff DaVanon to a one-year contract with a conditional option for a second year, as announced today by Diamondbacks' Senior Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. Consistent with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Diamondbacks designated pitcher Michael Gosling for assignment.

DaVanon, 32, appeared in 108 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2005, hitting .231 with two home runs and 15 RBI. A versatile switch-hitting outfielder, he saw action at all three outfield positions. Jeff excelled against lefthanded pitchers, hitting .393 against them.

Originally drafted by Oakland in the 26th round of the 1995 June free agent draft, DaVanon has played in parts of six Major League seasons, all with the Angels. Jeff owns a .256 batting average with 28 home runs and 109 RBI in 402 games. He became one of only four players in Angels' history to hit for the cycle when he did so August 25, 2004 against Kansas City. In 2003, Jeff posted three consecutive multiple homer games, becoming only the fourth player in Major League history to accomplish the feat. His roots in baseball trace back to his father Jerry, who played for five different Major League clubs from 1969-1977.

Jeff and his wife Kerrie, have a son, Luke, and reside in Chandler, AZ.

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