Smith was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Smith was claimed off waivers from Seattle less than two weeks ago, but the Rangers have already found an infield-depth upgrade in the form of Phil Gosselin. The 26-year-old has hit just .237/.326/.342 in 89 games in the Pacific Coast League this year, so it seems unlikely he will be added back onto the roster in September.
Smith was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Smith was only with the Rangers for two days, but will head back down to Round Rock with the activation of Jhan Marinez, who was claimed off waivers by the club Thursday. Although Smith was recently claimed off waivers and called up to the big-league team himself, the infielder could spend the next couple weeks at the Triple-A level until September rolls around, while providing depth for the organization.
Smith was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It's Smith's first promotion to the big club since the Rangers picked him up off waivers from the Mariners a little over a week ago. As a glove-first player with an unremarkable .237/.326/.342 slash line in the Pacific Coast League this season, Smith likely doesn't have a future as a big-league regular, but he could be a useful utility infielder off the bench while he's up with the Rangers.
The Rangers claimed Smith off waivers from the Mariners on Sunday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Texas immediately optioned Smith to Triple-A Round Rock, where he'll function as organization depth in the middle infield. The 26-year-old, who made his major-league debut with the Mariners earlier this season, has spent the bulk of the campaign at Triple-A Tacoma, producing a .239/.330/.347 slash line across 330 plate appearances. He profiles as a glove-first player and looks destined for a utility role at the big-league level in the long run.
Smith was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday. Since heading back to Triple-A Tacoma in mid-June, Smith has hit just .207/.321/.279 with one home run and 10 RBI in 33 games. The 26-year-old was DFA'd in order to free up a 40-man roster spot, but will likely remain with the team in Tacoma, presuming he doesn't get claimed off waivers.
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