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12/13/11 12:50 AM EST

Texas extends offers to seven, but not Castillo

The Rangers extended offers to all seven of their arbitration-eligible veterans prior to Monday night's 11 p.m. CT deadline, but chose to non-tender young right-handed reliever Fabio Castillo.

Castillo, 22, thus becomes a free agent after spending the past six seasons in the Rangers' Minor League system. He was on the team's 40-man roster last season and went 3-6 with a 6.46 ERA and nine saves in 42 games for Double-A Frisco.

The Rangers could try to re-sign Castillo to a Minor League deal, but he is free now to negotiate with any of the 30 Major League teams.

As expected, Texas tendered offers to its seven arbitration-eligible players -- catcher Mike Napoli, shortstop Elvis Andrus, outfielders David Murphy and Nelson Cruz, left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison and right-handed relievers Mark Lowe and Mike Adams.

Salary arbitration filings are made from Jan. 5-15 and the team and players exchange offers on Jan. 18. If no deal can be reached, arbitration hearings are conducted in St. Petersburg from Feb. 1-21.

With Castillo's release, the Rangers' 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.