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Rangers don't tender contract to Alexi Ogando

Of the Tuesday night roster moves by the Texas Rangers, the biggest one was the club's decision to not tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was told by Ogando's agent he wanted to test the market before a tender could be extended. Ogando has gone back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen during his time with the club. Ogando was named to the 2011 AL All-Star team as a starter but went back to the bullpen the next season.

He was in the Rangers' bullpen in 2014 until arm troubles forced him to the disabled list, ending his season. Ogando irked the front office this offseason for his refusal to pitch in winter ball.

Daniels said it was a factor in not trying to work a deal with Ogando.

"It would have helped, just to have seen him in games," Daniels said in a conference call Tuesday night. "I fully expect he's going to go to [another team's] camp without any limitations. From what we saw off the mound, live BP, he's healthy, ready to go. With the exception of this year, when Alexi's pitched, he's been effective whatever role it's been. He has had a difficult time going wire-to-wire but he's always been effective when he's been out there."

Daniels didn't shut the door on Ogando's career with the Rangers, saying "we're still looking for pitching."

In 27 games, Ogando went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA

The team also declined to tender a contract to left-hander Michael Kirkman and utilityman Adam Rosales.

Kirkman pitched in 36 games in Triple-A Round Rock before getting called up in 2014 and pitched in 12 games for the Rangers, compiling a 1.59 ERA.

Rosales, who played in 56 games for the Rangers last season, declined an option to test the market. However, Daniels said he's open to bringing Rosales back.

"I like Adam, what he brings to the club, a great teammate, versatile, plays with energy," Daniels said. "We would welcome him back. We did make him an offer, a raise of last year, but we thought we gave him an offer of what we thought was fair and he chose to test the market. But we'll stay in touch, and obviously we're going to have a utility player and he would fit that for us if he doesn't find better out there."

The Rangers now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.