ARLINGTON, Texas (SoSG) — Former cigarette spokes-ungulate Joe Camel, unemployed since the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company declined to renew his contract in 1997, has apparently found employment with the Texas Rangers. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels signed Camel to a two-year, $4.5 million contract with a mutual option for the 2009 season.
The Rangers plan to platoon Camel with newly acquired center fielder Kenny Lofton. "He's a guy who wants to win as well, so I think with him deciding to come here knowing what they're trying to do here, I think he also wants to be part of a winner," said Camel about Lofton.
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