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Texas Rangers non-tender Alexi Ogando, Adam Rosales, and Michael Kirkman

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The Rangers have non-tendered pitchers Alexi Ogando and Michael Kirkman, and utility infielder Adam Rosales

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The Texas Rangers have non-tendered pitchers Alexi Ogando and Michael Kirkman, as well as utility infielder Adam Rosales.

The move to non-tender Ogando comes as a surprise, given that, as recently as yesterday, it was being reported that the Rangers anticipated tendering contracts to all three of their "key" arbitration-eligible players:  Ogando, Neftali Feliz, and Mitch Moreland.  However, there were reports earlier today that the Rangers were weighing the possibility of non-tendering Ogando, who was expected to get $2.5-3 million had he been tendered.

Ogando missed most of last season with elbow inflammation, and opted not to pitch winter ball, instead choosing to focus on rehabbing.

Ogando had been a key part of the Rangers pitching staff since 2010, working as both a starter and a reliever at various times.  He was expected to be a setup man for Texas in 2015.

Rosales was also arbitration-eligible, and I would guess that the Rangers will look to bring him back on a minor league deal.

Kirkman was not arbitration-eligible, but is also out of options and could reject an outright assignment, meaning that there was little reason to keep him around all offseason on the 40 man roster, as he was a significant longshot to make the 25 man roster next season.  Like Rosales, I expect the Rangers will make an effort to bring him back on a minor league deal.

All three players are now free agents.  The Rangers' 40 man roster stands at 37.