The Rangers have been suggested as a potential landing spot for Braves outfielder Justin Upton, but the Texas front office may have a different Atlanta player in its sights at this week’s Winter Meetings.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears the Rangers are interested in Evan Gattis and “Braves officials gathered Monday for a hastily-arranged strategy session to scour the Rangers farm system.” The two sides are expected to meet Monday night.
Gattis carries three more years of contractual control than Upton, who is eligible for free agency after 2015, and can at least partially help fill the Rangers’ hole at catcher. The bearded slugger isn’t a good defender at any position, but he did post an .810 OPS (125 OPS+) with 22 home runs in 108 games this past year for the Braves. He’d probably enjoy hitting in Texas.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.
German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.
The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.