Rangers place LHP Rapada on release waivers

The Texas Rangers have put left-hander Clay Rapada on waivers

for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

The Rangers’ move Friday came after Rapada was designated for

assignment Jan. 3 to clear room on the 40-man roster for pitchers

Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes.

The 29-year-old Rapada made 13 relief appearances in September

for the AL champion Rangers, and pitched three times in the AL

championship series.

Rapada had a 1.82 ERA in 50 games for Triple-A Oklahoma