by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (6/13/2013) Cubs outfielder Julio Borbon was called on to pinch-hit in the 14th inning of Thursday's game against the Reds and delivered a walkoff RBI single to give his team a 6-5 win. It was just the second hit in 14 at-bats this month for Borbon, who has a .222 average in 54 at-bats this season.
Julio Borbon hits rare homer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/28/2013) Cubs outfielder Julio Borbon was swinging for the fence Monday against the White Sox, and he finally connected. Borbon struck out in his first two at-bats, but homered in his third, a two-run shot that represented his first of the season. He went 2 for 5, with three strikeouts, in a 7-0 win.
Borbon is hitting just .250 on the season, with two extra-base hits in 40 at-bats.
Julio Borbon not much to see
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/19/2013) I'm not sure what's with all the enthusiasm over Julio Borbon. The way Fantasy owners are flocking to his player page, you'd think the Cubs had just pulled off the coup of the century.
He once looked like he'd be a useful steals specialist for the Rangers but was never able to hit enough to stick in that role. I don't see why that would change with his new team. Theo Epstein has never shown much fondness for steals specialists (see Campana, Tony).
Borbon isn't an upgrade over David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz, so I don't think steady at-bats are in his future. You can leave him for the deepest of NL-only Rotisserie leagues.
Cubs claim Julio Borbon from Rangers
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) The Cubs have claimed outfielder Julio Borbon from the Rangers, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
Borbon, 27, was placed on waivers by the Rangers Wednesday. He spent 2012 at Triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .304/.349/.433 in 533 at-bats. The lefty owns a .775 OPS over three seasons in Triple-A.
Julio Borbon placed on outright waivers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) The Rangers placed outfielder Julio Borbon on outright waivers after they failed to trade him. If he clears waivers, then Borbon will be outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock, per MLB.com.
Jon Heyman: Julio Borbon will be traded
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) The Rangers are expected to trade outfielder Julio Borbon, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Heyman lists the Orioles, Mets and Astros as potential suitors.
The Twins have also been reportedly in the mix for Borbon, was was placed on waivers last week.
Report: Orioles showing interest in Julio Borbon
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) The Baltimore Orioles have shown apparent interest in recently designated for assignment outfielder Julio Borbon of the Rangers, ESPN reports Sunday. Baltimore has found the asking price for Borbon to be too high.
Borbon, who has one at-bat and run scored this year for Texas, is a speedster who could provide the Orioles with outfield depth, likely in place of Chris Dickerson, who was recently called up for that purpose.
Twins considering Julio Borbon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon could find a new home with the Twins, according to ESPN 1500 Minnesota.
Borbon was designated for assignment by the Rangers Wednesday, and has to be traded or pass through waivers for him to be sent to the minors. That's unlikely to happen, however, as the Twins have shown interest.
While the team likely won't trade for Borbon, the Twins could claim him on waivers.
Rookie Aaron Hicks has been starting in center to open the season, and it's unclear if his playing time would be impacted if the team goes after Borbon.
Julio Borbon designated for assignment
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) The Rangers designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment Tuesday to make room on the roster for Nick Tepesch.
Borbon, who had one at-bat while in the majors, has 10 days to be claimed off waivers or for Texas to work out a deal with another club.
"We had some teams during the spring check in on him," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told ESPN.com. "We weren't really in a rush to do anything. He's a big-league player. There just wasn't the spot or the opportunity here at this time. There's no doubt in my mind he can play in the big leagues."
Julio Borbon takes batting practice Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is taking batting practice with the team before Tuesday's game.
Borbon has been mentioned as a candidate to be designated for assignment Tuesday, as the Rangers need to open a roster spot for starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. The club had been looking to deal Borbon, but there's been no announcement. If Borbon is designated, there's a chance he'll be claimed on waivers. The team will have to make a roster before the start of Tuesday's game.
Julio Borbon's time running out
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon is likely to be designated for assignment Tuesday, reports ESPN Monday. With Nick Tepesch expected to be called up from Triple-A Round Rock, the 27-year-old center fielder who is out of options knew his time with the team was short.
The Rangers will have 10 days to outright, release or trade Borbon if they do designate him for assignment.
"Tomorrow we have moves," Borbon said. "It's a matter of seeing where they go with it. I've enjoyed the fact that I'm here."
Borbon has seen time in parts of three seasons with Texas, though he spent all of 2012 at Round Rock. Manager Ron Washington said Borbon has been a great teammate and hasn't complained once despite seeing just one at-bat thus far this year.
"He was climbing up a slippery slope," Washington said. "He's a class act. He came in with his back so far up against the wall. He came off without any blood. You have to give him credit."
Julio Borbon in limbo
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon made the team's opening day roster, but he's not expected to stay there long.
The team will have to make room on their 25-man roster for pitcher Nick Tepesch by April 9. If Borbon is not traded by that time, the team will have to try and send him through waivers. Borbon played in 137 games in 2010, but has only played in 33 since that season. The team has decided to go with Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center.
Julio Borbon cracks opening day roster
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Texas outfielder Julio Borbon has made the opening day roster, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Rangers have been looking to trade the 27-year-old because Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry are expected to see time at center field.
Borbon is batting .317/.391/.433 in 32 at-bats this spring.
Jon Heyman: Rangers looking to deal Julio Borbon
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Outfielder Julio Borbon is out of options, which is creating problems for the Rangers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
With Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry expected to see time in center field, Borbon is the odd man out, so Texas is looking to trade him, according to Heyman.
The Rangers could also look to keep Borbon on the roster because they don't want to give him up without getting something in return. Heyman suggests the Astros and Mets could be in the market for outfielders. Borbon is having a strong spring, batting .333 (19 for 57) with one triple, five doubles and nine RBI in 30 spring games.
Rangers trying to deal outfielder Julio Borbon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) The Rangers are looking to trade outfielder Julio Borbon.
Borbon is out of options and is unlikely to make the 25-man roster. The Rangers will likely go with Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center, making Borbon expendable.
The 27-year-old has a career .284/.324/.358 slash line over 745 plate appearances.
Borbon can't lose 'focus'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/14/2013) Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon enters camp without any options left on his contract, so if he doesn't make the team, then he would have to clear waivers. "I'm in a good position," Borbon said, per MLB.com. "I know it's in my hands, not anybody else. I just have to go out and play. All I want is a fair shot, and go out and play as hard as I can." Borbon was the Rangers' starting center fielder in 2010 and 2011, but he hasn't played in a major-league game since May 13, 2011. "I want to see focus," manager Ron Washington said. "Focus is the whole spring and the whole season. He just loses focus: throws to the wrong base, misses the cutoff man, getting picked off. The main thing is to plan before the play so you can react. He's a center fielder and is in the middle of a lot out there. One letdown can cause havoc so we need to make sure there are not letdowns."