SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are looking for a right-handed bat who can play the outfield after releasing Conor Jackson on Monday. Jackson was released after going 3-for-33 in Spring Training. "We just don't have room for him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He needs to get at-bats and play. It's getting down to the nitty-gritty and we didn't have a spot for him." Three of the Rangers' top five outfielders are left-handed hitters: Josh Hamilton, David Murphy and Julio Borbon. Craig Gentry and Nelson Cruz hit right-handed, and those five could all make the Opening Day roster.
But Gentry has not had a good spring, he is 3-for-24 at the plate and he he is currently sidelined with a virus. The Rangers are considering all of their options.
"We're looking for whatever comes available that can help," Washington said. "We're looking for whatever weakness we can fill. If we can't fill it inside, we'll look outside. Clubs are always talking."Right now, the Rangers' best right-handed-hitting alternative is Brandon Snyder. A former No. 1 Draft pick acquired from the Orioles in the offseason, Snyder can play multiple positions. He has played mostly first base in his Minor League career but entered professional baseball as a catcher and has played third base. The Rangers have also worked him out in the outfield. Snyder is hitting .261 (6-for-23) with five walks, a home run and seven RBIs in 18 games this spring. He was 3-for-13 with a double in six games for the Orioles last season while spending most of his time at Triple-A.