Immediately after trading Alex Rios to the Rangers this afternoon the White Sox called up Avisail Garcia to replace him in their outfield, adding the 22-year-old less than two weeks after they acquired him from the Tigers in the Jake Peavy deal.
Garcia is an interesting player in that he’s been young for every level of competition and has hit .340 between Double-A and Triple-A, but he’s also drawn just 19 walks in those 96 games while striking out 74 times and hitting a modest 12 homers.
If he grows into a bit more power and develops a more patient approach at the plate he could be a middle-of-the-order bat long term.
The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.
The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.