Texas Rangers: Effects of Trading For Holaday

Mar 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday (50) connects for an RBI fielders choice against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday (50) connects for an RBI fielders choice against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports /
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Last night the Texas Rangers made the deal that has been circulating for the past few weeks by trading for a catcher.

The Texas Rangers acquired C Bryan Holaday fro the Detroit Tigers in exchange for C Bobby Wilson and RHP Myles Jaye. The Rangers were known to be in the market for a catcher to help compliment Robinson Chirinos behind the dish. Up until yesterday, signs pointed to Chris Gimenez being the number 2 player in that 2-man rotation. With the acquisition of Holaday all of that has changed however.

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Bryan Holaday is a hometown kid playing high school ball at W.T. White High School in Dallas, playing Junior College baseball at North Central Texas College in Gainesville and finally being drafted out of TCU in Fort Worth in 2010. Holaday was drafted by the Tigers in the 6th round of the 2010 draft.

Since being drafted Holaday has bounced back and forth between the minors. Holaday spent 2015 between Triple-A Toledo and 24 games with the major league club. Holaday is a career .251 hitter across 108 MLB games with a .622 OPS. This spring Holaday is hitting .438 in 16 games and has hit 4 homeruns.

Holaday, who is out of minor league options, will start the season on the major league roster as the backup to Robinson Chirinos. He’s considered, defensively, to be a bit better than McKenry or Gimenez especially in regards to his arm. He’s thrown out 32.6% of runners over the past 2 seasons compared to Gimenez and McKenry who have thrown out 6% and 9% respectively.

For the Texas Rangers Holaday be a nice addition. He creates less of a drop off when Chirinos needs a day off and also reduces the number of times you need Chirinos to play.

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