CHICAGO -- The Rangers, unable to complete a trade, have placed Julio Borbon on outright waivers. If Borbon is not claimed by noon CT on Friday, he can be sent to Triple-A Round Rock.
According to sources, the Rangers had a number of teams "kick the tires" on Borbon. But with most rosters set since Opening Day, the Rangers weren't able to find a team that could make room for Borbon. The Orioles were interested and had multiple discussions with Texas, but finally passed on Wednesday.
The Rangers were looking for pitching in return, most likely a reliever with options who could be brought up and down from the Minor Leagues when needed. But a source said the club was willing to consider "lower level" pitchers as well to facilitate a deal.
The Rangers had until 1 p.m. on Wednesday to complete the trade. Borbon was designated for assignment on April 9, giving the Rangers 10 days to trade him or get him through outright waivers. He made the Opening Day roster, but was dropped when Texas had to activate fifth starter Nick Tepesch.
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.Less