Scott Boras spent most of Thursday afternoon discussing the contract extension for shortstop Elvis Andrus. But he had a lighter moment when asked about another one of his clients, Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon.
“Well, Julio is living in a hotel,” Boras said, smiling. “He’s certainly here for the short term.”
The Rangers will likely have to make a call on Borbon by April 9, when they are expected to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for fifth starter Nick Tepesch.
Borbon is out of minor-league options and the Rangers have been seeking trade partners for the speedy center fielder. They put him on the active roster for Opening Day to keep their options open and are hoping to avoid exposing him to waivers.
However, if they don’t make a trade, they would have to place Borbon on waivers where another team would surely pick him up.
For now, Borbon is on the team and made his first appearance as a pinch-runner on Wednesday in Houston. He had one at-bat in the ninth inning, grounding out.
-- Drew Davison