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Rangers Release OF Stubbs, Option RHP Martinez to Triple-A

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Drew Stubbs #15 of the Texas Rangers fields a fly ball for the final out in the top of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs has been granted his release by the Texas Rangers.

    Stubbs opted out of his minor league contract Tuesday in hopes of finding a major league job. He had finished last season in Texas, and re-signed with the team early in spring training.

    The Rangers also Tuesday optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

    A.J. Griffin could be the top candidate for the fifth spot in the Texas rotation. Martinez was sent to the minors a day after veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was granted his release and a few days after Chi Chi Gonzalez was optioned to Round Rock.

    Ryan Rua and Justin Ruggiano were the remaining outfielders in camp that could back up starters Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields and Ian Desmond.