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October 15, 2003


Outrighted outfielders SHANE SPENCER and MARCUS THAMES, removing them from the 40-man roster. Both cleared waivers and are free agents.

Spencer was acquired (with, more importantly, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez) from Cleveland for Ryan Ludwick and batted a tepid .227/.329/.346 in 55 games with Texas. He was nothing more than a spot-filler in the depleted Ranger outfield and did nothing to warrant a return engagement. Thames was acquired from the Yankees for Ruben Sierra. His ceiling appears to be as a fifth outfielder. The Rangers might have interest in re-signing Thames to a minor-league deal. With these transactions, the Rangers have only three outfielders on their 40-man roster.

Posted by Lucas at October 15, 2003 08:37 PM