ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Chris Shelton was cut by the Texas Rangers on Monday, just more than a month after they acquired him in a trade.
Texas designated the first baseman for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Kazuo Fukumori, who agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract with the Rangers last month.
The team has 10 days to trade, release or send Shelton outright to the minors. He was obtained from Detroit on Dec. 5 for outfielder Freddy Guzman.
A week after that deal, Texas acquired first baseman Ben Broussard in a trade with Seattle.
Shelton spent last season with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .269 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and 65 RBIs in 139 games. He was Detroit's opening-day first baseman in 2006 and got off to an outstanding start before slipping into a slump that sent him back to the minors.
Shelton batted .326 with a team-record 19 extra-base hits, including 10 homers, in April 2006 to help Detroit open 16-9. But he hit only six homers after April 30 and his average slid to .277 by the time he was sent down to the minors at the trade deadline.

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