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According to a Assoicated Press report, the Rangers sent first baseman Chris Shelton outright to Triple-A Oklahoma on Thursday after he cleared waivers.
Sammy Sosa won't be back for another season in Texas.
Rangers' GM Jon Daniels and Sosa's agent Adam Katz told ESPN.com on Friday night that Texas was interested in bringing Sosa back in a more limited role than last season. But Sosa has decided to look for a team that can offer him more playing time.
"Sammy is very grateful and thankful to Texas for giving him this opportunity and for being receptive to bringing him back this season," Katz said. "But Sammy still wants to play -- ideally in a situation where he could get 400 to 500 plate appearances. If the right situation presents itself, he's available."
Katz said his conversations with the Rangers focused almost exclusively on Sosa's prospective role with the club this season. The Rangers have acquired Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley this winter and couldn't guarantee Sosa that he would come anywhere close to the 454 plate appearances he got last season.
"Our experience with Sammy was very positive last year so we were open to at least explore different possibilities," Daniels told ESPN.com. "Sammy's looking for a role which doesn't make sense for where we're going at this point. I wish him the best."
The Rangers on Friday avoided salary arbitration with catcher Gerald Laird, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Marlon Byrd and the Rangers avoided arbitration when they agreed Wednesday on a $1.8 million, one-year contract.
The Rangers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth about $4 million with free agent right-hander Jason Jennings.
The agreement was confirmed late Wednesday night by two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The team could announce the deal as early as Thursday.
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