DeShields, not Peguero, headed to Arlington with Rangers

Rule 5 Draft pick likely to make team as fifth outfielder

DeShields, not Peguero, headed to Arlington with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Delino DeShields is going with the Rangers to Arlington. Carlos Peguero is not.

DeShields, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Astros, was on the travel roster for the two exhibition games against the Mets on Friday and Saturday. Peguero was sent to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers have not made a formal announcement about the last spot on the bench, but it appears that DeShields is going to make the team as the fifth outfielder.

"We still have a few decisions to make," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We'll finalize those decisions in the next few days."

Peguero was sent down despite hitting .340 with a .415 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage. The .415 on-base percentage is the highest on the team for players with at least 30 at-bats. DeShields hit .268 with a .302 on-base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage. He was tied for the team lead with three stolen bases.

DeShields has to be on the Opening Day roster and remain with the Rangers all season. If not, he has to be put through waivers. If another team claims him, DeShields is still bound by Rule 5 stipulations. If DeShields clears waivers, he has to be offered back to the Astros for $25,000. At that point, the two clubs could also work out a trade.

The Rangers also sent infielder Ed Lucas to Minor League camp. He was a contender for the utility infield spot but that job was won by Adam Rosales.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.