Rangers set three players free -- for now

ARLINGTON – The Rangers did not offer a contract to switch-hitting utility player Danny Santana by Wednesday night's deadline, making him a free agent. The Rangers also non-tendered outfielder Scott Heineman and pitcher Jimmy Herget, leaving them with 36 players on the 40-man roster. All three could be re-signed to Minor League contracts.

Santana, who was eligible for arbitration, underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow in September and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. The Rangers could work out a Minor League deal, which would allow him to continue his rehab with Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington.

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