ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have exercised their $5.25 million club option for next season on catcher Jonathan Lucroy and will extend a $17.2 million qualifying offer to All-Star outfielder Ian Desmond.
General manager Jon Daniels also said Thursday that the AL West champion Rangers won't make qualifying offers to first baseman Mitch Moreland or right-hander Colby Lewis, but are open to bringing back those free agents.
The Rangers aren't expected to exercise an $11 million team option for left-hander Derek Holland, but trading him could be an option before Monday's deadline. There is a $1.5 million buyout on the contract for the pitcher, who has missed much of the last three seasons with injuries.
Texas signed Desmond during spring training and got Lucroy in a trade from Milwaukee on Aug. 1.
Lucroy hit .276 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 47 games for the Rangers after being acquired. The two-time All-Star catcher hit .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs in 95 games for the Brewers before that.
Desmond got an $8 million, one-year deal from Texas at the end of February and converted to the outfield during spring training. He had turned down a qualifying offer from Washington after spending seven seasons as a shortstop with the Nationals, including the 2012 season when he was an All-Star.
Desmond batted .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this season. If he signs with another club before the amateur draft next June, the Rangers would receive a draft pick as compensation at the end of the first round.
The Rangers also purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock and added him to the 40-man roster.