Rangers rumors: Texas shopping Julio Borbon

James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

The Rangers are having trade discussions with other teams about outfielder Julio Borbon.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told reporters -- including T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com -- that he's having trade discussions with other teams about outfielder Julio Borbon.

The Rangers are prepared to enter the regular season using a platoon of Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center field. This will result in the team not needing to carry Borbon on their bench. While they would like to stash him in the minors as outfield depth, he is out of options. For this reason, he would have to pass through waivers before the Rangers can assign him to Triple-A.

Daniels has talked to a couple of clubs and "there is some interest" in Borbon. In fact, the GM notes that "based on the interest we've received, I'd be shocked if he cleared waivers." Rather than chance losing Borbon for nothing to a waiver claim, Texas is prepared to attempt to trade the outfielder and recoup some value.

Borbon was the Rangers' regular center fielder as recently as 2010, but the 27-year-old spent last season in the minors. He's hit well this spring -- .340/.400/.472 over 60 plate appearances -- and owns a career batting line of .284/.324/.358 over parts of three seasons in the majors.

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