Should the Texas Rangers try to acquire catcher Blake Swihart from Boston?

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 11: Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox runs to the dugout during the sixth inning of the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 11: Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox runs to the dugout during the sixth inning of the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: Blake Swihart #23 of the Boston Red Sox hits a two run home run in the eighth inning as Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees defends on September 29, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Why Blake Swihart is a fit

Blake Swihart has always been praised for his hitting ability. A player doesn’t find himself in the top 25 of MLB’s top 100 prospect list without tremendous offensive potential. Swihart ranked 24th on the list in 2014.

He hast struggled in recent years. To say the least, Swihart did not see a batting average over .200 between three teams in 2017, including the Red Sox (6 games). Regardless, he is a switch hitter that hits for good contact and produces relative power. Turning 26 years old this past April, Blake Swihart is eyeing a stay in the major leagues. His agent obviously is as well.

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A struggling Texas Rangers team could provide him plenty of playing time. He’s a young player that fits in well with the rebuilding concept. Texas would have time to work with him to straighten things out at the plate, as well as improve behind the plate.

Who knows? Perhaps a change of scenery would do Blake Swihart a ton of good. Being sick of getting kicked around within the Red Sox organization is actually a valid excuse at this point in his career. A career that has not been allowed to get off the ground.

By no means are his numbers off the charts; however, it’s not like the Rangers would have to give up the kitchen sink for him.

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