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12/11/08 5:45 PM EST

Rangers may make space on 40-man

Friday's non-tender deadline could give club roster room

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers may get creative with their 40-man roster before Friday's 11 p.m. CT non-tender deadline.

The Rangers aren't planning to let anybody get away by not tendering them a contract. But club officials said they might non-tender a player and then re-sign him to a Minor League contract. The Rangers did that five years ago with outfielder Jason Tyner.

The move would free up a spot for the Rangers on their 40-man roster. Right now, the roster is full. Two possible candidates are pitchers Willie Eyre and Doug Mathis, who are both coming off arm injuries.

The Rangers have four players eligible for arbitration: pitchers Brandon McCarthy, C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco, and outfielder Marlon Byrd. Arbitration-eligible players are the ones usually targeted for non-tender, but the Rangers don't plan to do that to any of those four players.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.