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Julio Borbon rumors: Rangers seek pitching for OF

The Rangers are looking for a "pitcher with options" remaining in any trade that involves OF Julio Borbon.

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The Texas Rangers are looking for a "pitcher with options" remaining in any trade that involves outfielder Julio Borbon, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

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The Rangers designated Borbon for assignment last week to make room on the roster for right-handed starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. Since then, there have been reports of varying levels of interest in the outfielder from several teams -- including the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles.

Sullivan adds that the Rangers are expected to trade Borbon in the next few days, though the team is reportedly seeking a "high return" in exchange for him.

After Borbon was designated, the clock started ticking on the Rangers' 10 days to trade, release or assign the outfielder to the minors -- if he's able to clear waivers. Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News notes that even if Texas is able to trade Borbon, it's not clear how ready he will be to help his new team considering he's had only one at-bat this season and has been at home since being designated by the team.

Borbon was Texas' regular center fielder in 2010. That season he hit .276/.309/.340 with 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs with 15 stolen bases in 22 attempts over 468 plate appearances. The 27-year-old owns a career batting line of .283/.324/.358 over parts of four years in the majors.

Last season, Borbon hit .304/.349/.433 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 28 attempts for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate.

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