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March 29, 2007

Transaction Roundup

Texas released reliever RICK BAUER.

The Rangers couldn’t find a trade partner for Bauer, so away he goes. In just four weeks, Bauer slid from valued reliever and trade bait to unemployed. He’ll find a job somewhere.

Texas placed shortstop JOAQUIN ARIAS and pitcher JOHN RHEINECKER on the 15-day Disabled List.

Rheinecker never got out of the trainer’s room long enough to take a crack at the fifth starter job. He’ll join Oklahoma’s rotation when healthy. Likewise, Arias’s meager hope for a roster spot was ended by injury, in this case, an infected thumb.

Texas optioned relievers FRANK FRANCISCO and WES LITTLETON and outfielder JASON BOTTS to AAA Oklahoma.

Both Francisco and Littleton had roster positions waiting for them, but terrible springs left the door open for the likes of Bruce Chen and Mike Wood. I’d guess that Littleton gets first dibs on a bullpen opening.

Texas has removed FRANCISCO CRUCETA from the 40-man roster and outrighted him to AAA Oklahoma.

Cruceta cleared waivers. He’ll join the AAA bullpen and fall in line behind several others in the potential call-up order.

Posted by Lucas at March 29, 2007 11:56 PM