|OF Julio Borbon: Designated for assignment|
by Jason Cole of FutureRangers.com, April 11, 2013 at 4:34 am ET
Julio Borbon Profile
The Texas Rangers designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment on Tuesday, clearing room for right-hander Nick Tepesch on the club's 40-man roster.
Borbon, 27, is out of minor-league options after shuttling between Triple-A and the majors over the last few seasons. The Rangers had reportedly been shopping Borbon during spring training, though he made the big-league club out of camp––presumably to buy more time to hopefully make a deal.
But Borbon was never likely to last beyond Tuesday, when the Rangers were forced to make a 25- and 40-man roster move for the No. 5 starter Tepesch.
Borbon played in one game with the Rangers this season, going 0-for-1 at the plate and scoring a run.
The University of Tennessee product is coming off a strong performance in spring training, where he went 19-for-60 (.317) with five doubles and a triple in 32 games. He drew eight walks, struck out eight times, and stole two bases without being caught. Playing the entire season at Triple-A Round Rock in 2012, Borbon posted a .304/.349/.433 slash line with 20 stolen bases over 126 contests.
The Rangers now have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Borbon to the minor leagues. He's an excellent candidate to be claimed on waivers by somebody, meaning his days in a Rangers uniform are likely over.