The Texas Rangers traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels yesterday for cash considerations of a player to be named later. It was a bit of a surprise to see him go, especially to the Angels.
The trade was made on Thursday because the Texas Rangers had to make room on the 40-man roster to protect players from the Rule-5 draft during the Winter meetings.
It’s no surprise they added those four players, but it was a surprise to see the Rangers trade Robertson. Maybe it was mainly due to the injury plague the team suffered, but Robertson had plenty of playing time with the Rangers in 2014. Over 70 games/197 plate-appearance he had a batting line of .271/.333/.333/.667 with 9 doubles, 1 triple and 21 RBI.
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One of the most rememberable things about Robertson was his desire to play, even when injured. Early in the season he collided in to the knee of Alex Rios fracturing part of his face.
Video: 05/22/14 Daniel Robertson’s injury
Daniel Robertson leaves the game with an injury after a collision with Alex Rios while diving to catch a fly ball
He wore a special batting helmet and a protective mask for a bit, but he kept playing and was always all smiles. He was always in the club house working out and taking extra batting practice to improve his hitting. While he might not have been a superstar on the team, he was a leader on and off the field. The Rangers will miss having a player like him around. Hopefully he’ll continue to find success in Los Angeles.