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Rangers acquire INF Andres Blanco from Chicago Cubs in exchange for player to be named later or cash considerations
03/27/2010 4:36 PM ET

Phoenix, Ariz. - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired infielder Andres Blanco (#3) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blanco, 25, has seen action in 7 games for the Cubs this spring, going 6-for-9 (.667) with a double, walk, RBI, and 2 runs scored. He suffered a right knee sprain early in camp, but has played 5 straight days and hit safely in 4 straight. He was scratched from the starting lineup today due to the trade. Blanco has played primarily shortstop throughout his professional career, and saw significant time at second base with the Cubs in 2009. The Venezuela native has also seen limited action at both third base and first base.

Originally signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent in 2000, he was signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent in November 2007. The switch-hitter has a career .252 average in 131 major league games with Kansas City (2004-06) and Chicago-NL (2009). He batted .252 (31-123) in 53 games with the Cubs last season and .304 in 64 games with Triple-A Iowa.

With today's trade, the Rangers now have 39 players on the spring training roster, including 32 protected by the 40-man roster, 7 non-roster players, and one player on the 60-day disabled list (Eric Hurley). These figures include non-roster player Endy Chavez, who has not appeared in any games this spring after knee surgery last year.

With the addition of Blanco, the Rangers now have 39 total players on the club's 40-man roster, a figure which does not include protected players Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando.

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