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 Posted: Wed Dec 31st, 2014 06:44 pm
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The Texas Rangers grabbed Delino DeShields Jr. from the Houston Astros during the Rule 5 draft earlier this month, and the former first-round pick could earn a spot on his new club's Opening Day roster with a strong showing in spring training, according to general manager Jon Daniels.

Though the Rangers would be forced to offer DeShields back to the Astros if they decide not to put him on the 25-man roster, Daniels suggested the 22-year-old could at least be a viable fourth outfielder in 2015.

“We like the combination of the now and the future. He’s got a chance to earn a role on this team,” Daniels told Baseball America's Jeff Wilson. “He’s another center-field option and a really unique speed tool with instincts to use it. It’s a good fit for our roster right now.

"Long term, we’ll see but he has the ability to develop into more than that.”

DeShields, the eighth overall selection in 2010, earned an unflattering reputation during his time in the Astros organization, but remains eager to prove himself at the major-league level - an opportunity he never got with Houston.

"That’s all I ever wanted was just get an opportunity to show guys that I belong and I could play in the big leagues," said DeShields, who was plunked in the jaw last season by Rangers relief prospect Phil Klein. “It’s what I've lived for, for my whole life."