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Rangers fined for hiring Fuson


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) _ The Texas Rangers were fined an undisclosed amount by the baseball commissioner's office on Monday for the hiring of Grady Fuson from Oakland as assistant general manager.

The ruling is the result of complaints filed by the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians. The Athletics said the Rangers interviewed Fuson for the job of general manager, rather than the scouting position for which he was hired.

The Rangers hired John Hart from Cleveland as general manager. The Indians claimed Hart did not settle his contract with the team before taking the job with the Rangers.

Texas hired Hart and Fuson the same day.

Rangers spokesman John Blake said the team had no comment on the fine.

Oakland had demanded draft picks or players from the Rangers in return, rather than a fine.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks said in the past there was no precedent for a team to lose a player when found guilty of tampering.
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