Unable to find a trade partner, the Rangers placed outfielder Julio Borbon on outright waivers Wednesday afternoon ahead of the 1 p.m. deadline to complete a deal.
Teams have until noon Friday to make a claim. The team with the highest waiver priority, based on the reverse order of the 2012 standings, would get Borbon for $20,000.
That process is one reason the Rangers might have been unsuccessful in dealing Borbon. As a player who was designated for assignment and out of options, teams knew they would get a chance to make a claim on him without parting with a player or cash considerations.
The Astros, Cubs, Rockies and Twins had the worst records in 2012, and all but the Rockies could use Borbon.
-- Jeff Wilson