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Schierholtz Granted Release From Rangers



    Schierholtz Granted Release From Rangers
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    Nate Schierholtz #19 of the Chicago Cubs during an at bat during the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida.

    The Texas Rangers made a smart, no-risk move by bringing in veteran outfielder and noted masher of left-handed pitching Nate Schierholtz on a minor-league contract with an invite to big-league spring training.

    The thought was that he'd compete for a platoon outfielder spot in left field, and likely be a guy that could start against lefties on the mound. He has also been known as a tremendous defensive outfielder throughout his career.

    Over the weekend, the Rangers told Schierholtz he would not make the big-league roster, and per his contract, he was given his unconditional release from the Rangers and immediately became a free agent.

    Schierholtz will catch on somewhere. He had an awful season at the plate last year but prior to that, the 31-year-old was one of the better platoon outfielders in the game.

    It's a shame he couldn't catch on with Texas, as he would've provided a cheap option there, but instead it looks like they'll go with an even cheaper tandem of Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski in left field.