John Blake, the Rangers’ executive VP of communications, announced on Twitter that the club has acquired catcher Bryan Holaday from the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Myles Jaye and catcher Bobby Wilson. The Rangers designated pitcher Sam Freeman for assignment to clear up room on the 40-man roster.
The trade doesn’t come as any surprise as Holaday was out of options and the Tigers were set to break camp with a catching corps of James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers have had a much-publicized need for catching help, including sustained interest in the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy.
Holaday, 28, has a career .251/.283/.340 batting line. He will serve as the back-up to starter Robinson Chirinos.
Wilson, who turns 33 in April, has a career .204/.267/.303 batting line.
Jaye, 24, spent the 2015 season in the White Sox minor league system at Double-A Birmingham. He made 26 starts with a 3.29 ERA and a 104/47 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.