The Rangers have released outfielder Drew Stubbs, per an announcement from club executive VP of communications John Blake.
He had exercised his opt-out provision, Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports (Twitter links). Texas would likely welcome a reunion on a new minors deal if Stubbs can’t find a gig elsewhere, Wilson adds.
There were several factors at play here for Texas in deciding not to add Stubbs to the 40-man. His most valuable assets are speed and defense up the middle, and Ian Desmond’s work at center in the spring may reduce their appeal of carrying a backup for Delino DeShields Jr. And, of course, there’s reason to believe that one or both of fellow right-handed-hitting outfield options Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Rua could provide more with the bat.
Stubbs, 31, has had a couple of solid seasons on offense, but on the whole carries a batting line that is about 10% below the league mean. He’s never graded as a standout defender, but has a solid glove. And while he hasn’t always maintained a sky-high stolen base total, Stubbs has rated as a truly elite baserunner.