The Texas Rangers have traded minor league outfielder Ryan Strausborger to the Seattle Mariners for the M's fourth international bonus pool slot allotment, worth $210,700. This acquisition allows the Rangers to spend an additional $210,700 in bonuses for this year's J-2 class without incurring a penalty.
Strausborger, 28, was a 16th round draft pick of the Rangers in 2010, when Seattle manager Scott Servais was in the Rangers front office and part of Jon Daniels' inner circle. Strausborger was called up to the majors last season by the Rangers in August, when the team was in desperate need of outfield help, and he spent the final two months of the season in the big leagues, playing in 31 games and putting up a .200/.240/.267 slash line in 51 plate appearances.
Strausborger was removed from the 40 man roster this past offseason, cleared waivers and was outrighted. He is eligible to become a minor league free agent this offseason if he isn't added to a 40 man roster before then.