THE NEWBERG REPORT — MARCH 10, 2008
The Rangers have optioned Joaquin Arias, Julio Borbon, Thomas Diamond, and Max Ramirez to minor league camp, and have assigned the following seven non-roster invites to minor league camp: Elvis Andrus, Chris Davis, German Duran, Kea Kometani, John Mayberry Jr., Chris Stewart, and Bill White.
The only moderate surprise is the Duran move, a signal that Ramon Vazquez, who has played well early on, will likely hang onto his utility infielder role. Ultimately it’s the right move, as Duran needs to play everyday, something the utility infielder on this roster isn’t going to come close to doing. While the four optioned players are probably longshots to see much big league time this year, chances are that more than half of the seven non-roster reassignments will get to Arlington at some point in 2008.