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Rangers designate Julio Borbon for assignment

Apr 9, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

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Once upon a time Julio Borbon looked like he might be the Rangers’ long-term answer in center field, but he fell behind Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry on the depth chart and today they designated the former first-round pick for assignment.

Borbon is still just 27 years old and actually fared pretty well at Triple-A last season, hitting .304 with 10 homers, 20 steals, and a .783 OPS in 126 games. He’s also held his own reasonably well in the majors, batting .283 with a .681 OPS in 216 games, although he hasn’t played regularly in the big leagues since 2010.

He no longer looks like a starting-caliber player, but a speedy 27-year-old center fielder with a decent track record should draw some trade interest or at least get scooped up off the waiver wire quickly.

  1. bobulated - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Someone will snag him looking for a late bloomer a la Pagan/Blanco/Torres in SF.

  2. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    yankeys should get him

  3. camacho2016 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Poor Julio Borbon (.tumblr)

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