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Rays improve with Burrell

Updated: January 5, 2009, 4:43 PM ET
By Rob Neyer

Fresh off winning the World Series, Pat Burrell is apparently heading to a new team, a new league … and a substantially lower salary …

Burrell has agreed in principle to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Rays, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Monday. The deal is pending a physical.

In Tampa Bay, the longtime left fielder would be the designated hitter. Burrell batted .250 with 33 homers with the Phillies last season.

Burrell's signing ...

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