Texas Rangers claim Joe Benson off waivers from Minnesota Twins

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The Rangers have claimed outfielder Joe Benson on waivers

The Rangers have claimed 25 year old outfielder Joe Benson on waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Benson was a 2nd round draft pick in the 2006 draft by the Minnesota Twins (Texas didn't have a 2nd round pick that year, losing it after signing Kevin Millwood), and was #100 on the BA top 100 prospect list going into the 2011 season, and #99 going into last season. Benson, who primarily has played centerfield but who has played all three outfield spots in the minors, posted a sub-600 OPS in both AA and AAA in 2012, however, and has just a .192/.256/.285 line this year in AAA.

Benson, who will be out of options after this season, will get a chance to try to get his career back on track with the Rangers, and will presumably be playing every day in Round Rock.

To make room for Benson on the 40 man roster, the Rangers have transferred Matt Harrison to the 60 day d.l.

UPDATE -- Evan Grant tweets Benson is going to Frisco, not Round Rock.

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