The headline says it all: The Rangers have offered arbitration to outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher Ivan Rodriguez. The club will receive supplemental first-round draft picks if the free agents decline arbitration and sign with another team.
Byrd is almost certain to pass, but Rodriguez might be a different story. He wants to continue playing and wants to retire with the Rangers, who are committed to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden behind the plate. Satlalamacchia, though, is coming off surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, and he is giving his right shoulder a test run this month in the Dominican Republic.
Decisons from the players are due Monday.
-- Jeff Wilson