Texas extends offers to seven, but not Castillo

Texas extends offers to seven, but not Castillo

Texas extends offers to seven, but not Castillo
The Rangers extended offers to all seven of their arbitration-eligible veterans prior to Monday night's 11 p.m. CT deadline, but chose to non-tender young right-handed reliever Fabio Castillo.

Castillo, 22, thus becomes a free agent after spending the past six seasons in the Rangers' Minor League system. He was on the team's 40-man roster last season and went 3-6 with a 6.46 ERA and nine saves in 42 games for Double-A Frisco.

The Rangers could try to re-sign Castillo to a Minor League deal, but he is free now to negotiate with any of the 30 Major League teams.

As expected, Texas tendered offers to its seven arbitration-eligible players -- catcher Mike Napoli, shortstop Elvis Andrus, outfielders David Murphy and Nelson Cruz, left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison and right-handed relievers Mark Lowe and Mike Adams.

Salary arbitration filings are made from Jan. 5-15 and the team and players exchange offers on Jan. 18. If no deal can be reached, arbitration hearings are conducted in St. Petersburg from Feb. 1-21.

With Castillo's release, the Rangers' 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.