Lucas claimed by Rangers, Valdespin to NoLa

MIAMI — Ed Lucas, dependable in a utility role the past two seasons in Miami, was claimed off waivers on Friday by the Rangers.

The Marlins also cleared out a second spot on their 40-man roster when infielder Jordany Valdespin was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.

Both utility players became expendable with the addition of Enrique Hernandez to the roster. Donovan Solano also could facture into a utility role if the Marlins bring in a regular second baseman this offseason.

Lucas, 32, appeared in 69 games and batted .251 with one home run and nine RBIs. In two seasons with Miami, he hit .255.

Lucas plays all four infield spots, as well as corner outfield. He also was an emergency catcher option, but never was needed in that role.

Valdespin, who turns 27 in December, saw action at second base with Miami, and he played some outfield down the stretch. A left-handed hitter, he batted .214 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 52 games.

Joe Frisaro

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