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Rangers Pick Up 1B Andy Wilkins From Mariners



    Rangers Pick Up 1B Andy Wilkins From Mariners
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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: First baseman Andy Wilkins #38 of the Chicago White Sox gets the out on Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays at first base after Zobrist grounded out to pitcher John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a game on September 21, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

    The Texas Rangers announced Monday that the club received first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Seattle Mariners on a waiver claim.

    Wilkins, 27, combined to bat .251 (109-434) with 18 home runs and 79 RBI over 126 games at the Triple-A level last season with Buffalo and Oklahoma City in the Blue Jays and Dodgers organizations, respectively.

    A left-handed batter, he spent spring training in White Sox camp before he was claimed by Toronto on March 29 and then traded to Los Angeles-NL on May 3.

    He was also claimed by the Orioles on September 6, as the Rangers are his sixth different club since the start of 2015.  Wilkins was designated for assignment by the Mariners on December 9 after Seattle received him in a December 2 waiver claim from Baltimore.

    The Tulsa native saw his only major league action with the White Sox in 2014, batting .140 in 17 games.  He was selected by the Rangers in the 25th round of the 2007 June draft out of Broken Arrow (OK) High School, but elected to play at the University of Arkansas.  A first baseman throughout his career, Wilkins has also seen limited action in the outfield and at third base.

    With the addition of Wilkins, the Rangers’ major league roster now has 38 players.