Calling the decision the "cleanest" available option, general manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers have foid the one-year, $750,000 of Khalil Greene. The move comes only a few days after Greene's agent, Mike Milchin, said that the utility infielder would not report to camp on time after suffering a relapse with social anxiety.
Daniels said the Rangers have not closed the relationship with Greene, who could be considered for a roster spot when he is deemed fit to return to baseball. There is no timetable for a return. Nor is there an immediate timetable for the Rangers to add a utility man. The internal candidates will get a look first, said Daniels, and the Rangers' scouts will gather information on possible fits. It might not be until the middle of March, when players start getting released from other clubs, until something materializes.
The Rangers would also consider trades for players expected to make Opening Day rosters. They had interest over the winter in Augie Ojeda, but haven't contacted Arizona since the Greene situation unfolded. Mike Lowell, who was headed to the Rangers until failing a physical during the off-season, could be a consideration. The Rangers, though, haven't spoken to Boston about Lowell, who still needs to show that he is healthy and who can't play up the middle. The ability to play shortstop effectively is the No. 1 trait the Rangers hope to find in a utility man.
-- Jeff Wilson