SEATTLE -- The Rangers are growing confident they can find a trade partner for outfielder Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday. The Rangers have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers. He has to clear waivers before Texas can send him to Triple-A Round Rock.
A Major League source said it's "very unlikely" that Borbon gets to outright waivers, although the Rangers aren't expecting a big return for him. One source said the Rangers might be able to get a reliever who could be a Major League option at some point this season.
The Astros, Twins and Mets are among the teams that appear to need an outfielder, and the Rays scouted Borbon during Spring Training. The Mariners are also being stretched thin with Michael Saunders and Mike Morse going down with injuries this week. If the Rangers aren't able to trade for him, they expect Borbon to be claimed on waivers.
Borbon was the Rangers' center fielder on Opening Day in 2010-11. He spent all of '12 in Triple-A, then made the Opening Day roster this season because the Rangers didn't have to add fifth starter Nick Tepesch until nine days into the season. Borbon is a career .283 hitter in 216 Major League games with a .324 on-base percentage and a .358 slugging percentage. He also has 40 career stolen bases.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.