March 29, 2016

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs has been granted his release by the Texas Rangers.

Stubbs opted out of his minor league contract Tuesday in hopes of finding a major league job. He had finished last season in Texas, and re-signed with the team early in spring training.

The Rangers also Tuesday optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

A.J. Griffin could be the top candidate for the fifth spot in the Texas rotation. Martinez was sent to the minors a day after veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was granted his release and a few days after Chi Chi Gonzalez was optioned to Round Rock.

Ryan Rua and Justin Ruggiano were the remaining outfielders in camp that could back up starters Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields and Ian Desmond.

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