Rangers Outright Veterans to Triple-A

J.P. Arencibia might've played his final game for the Texas Rangers, and Kevin Kouzmanoff is in the same boat after the Texas Rangers outrighted both to Triple-A Round Rock after they passed through waivers on Monday.

Since both players have adequate MLB service time, they can both refuse their minor-league assignments and become free agents.

Kouzmanoff was a god-send in April after Adrian Beltre hit the disabled list, as the veteran third baseman hit .362 with two homers and 10 RBIs in just 13 games before he hit the shelf himself with back stiffness that ended up requiring back surgery. Arencibia was with the club for a longer, more extended period of time, and got kind of hot for about a week in late August and early September.

But for the most part, Arencibia was a massive disappointment after he went from Opening Day starting catcher to first baseman/DH after spending a long stint in the minors. On the season, Arencibia hit .177 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 63 games.

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It'll be interesting to see if either opts for free agency or if they're happy to accept their assignments and take a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league spring training in February.


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