Rangers Exercise Option on Blalock

No word if Rangers will keep Texas infielder for 2009 season

The Texas Rangers exercised its club option on infielder Hank Blalock for the 2009 season, but financial terms were not disclosed.

the 27 year old infielder has the second-longest tenure at the big league level of any current Texas player behind only Michael Young.

He batted .287 (74-for-258) with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 38 RBI in 65 games during the 2008 season, his seventh as a member of the Rangers.

Blalock became just the 8th player in Texas history to connect for 10-or-more home runs in at least 6 consecutive seasons.

Injuries sidelined him for a total of 108 days.

The question is what will the Rangers do with Blalock.

Blalock could be retained as the designated hitter if the Rangers don't re-sign Milton Bradley.

The other option would be to trade him for pitching.

The Giants and Mariners have shown interest.



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