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Well that didn't take long.

After playing only one game since his trade to Texas, Andres Blanco won over his manager with some slick defense at short and a flash of small ball skills with his bat.

With Ian Kinsler still battling the effects of a high-ankle sprain, the Rangers needed to find someone who wouldn't be a liability in the field in case Kinsler has to start the season on the DL in addition to a backup for Elvis Andrus at shortstop. 

After what seemed like too long of a look at Joaquin Arias for the utility infielder spot on the roster, Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels pulled the trigger on a trade with the Cubs to bring Blanco into the organization.

Not really sure if Blanco is really that good or if the other options for the Rangers are really that bad but regardless, Blanco will be the middle infielder to backup Andrus and Kinsler this season.

By all accounts the Rangers have two roster spots open, one in the bullpen and one in the infield.

Doug Mathis has the inside track to nailing down the final bullpen spot with Willie Eyre still in the mix. The Rangers have the middle relief spots locked up with Darren Oliver, Darren O'Day, Neftali Feliz and Chris Ray setting up Frank Francisco. 

Dustin Nippert has made the roster as the long man giving Mathis and Eyre a week to win the final spot in the bullpen.

The final spot on the bench is far from figured out as the Rangers have reportedly started looking at options outside the organization for the right-handed corner infielder they need.

The Rangers are focusing on a first baseman more now with the addition of Blanco to the infield options. Rangers Manager Ron Washington has said he'd be comfortable with Blanco getting the occasional start at third if Michael Young needs a day off.

The Rangers have tried to re-ignite trade talks with the Boston Red Sox for infielder Mike Lowell, but word is Red Sox management won't deal Lowell for 'sentimental purposes.'

Kevin Millar is another name that has come up, but scouts are down on him at the moment. Those who have watched him play this spring suggest he's cheating on the fastball because his bat speed has started slowing down.

At this point the Rangers best option appears to be to wait until teams make their final cuts and pick a free agent that fits what they're looking for. Keep an eye on Mike Sweeney in Seattle. He's had a good spring thus far and will likely be the odd man out.

With the roster a decision or two away from being final the Rangers will start playing their regulars all nine innings the rest of the way as spring training draws to a close.