Burks thrilled to be back in Boston

Updated: February 5, 2004, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Ellis Burks was let go 12 years ago by the Red Sox, who weren't sure he'd stay healthy and become a productive player. Now they've changed their minds.

On Tuesday, the team's former top draft choice finalized a $750,000, one-year contract with Boston.

"It's like a fine wine --I got better with time," Burks said.

Now 39, Burks said his release from Boston crushed him but spurred him to adopt a work ethic that led to his best seasons while playing with four other teams. ...

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