3. Rangers Acquire Pitchers Jason Bahr, Cory Gearrin
This trade was one that displayed a bit of genius on the part of the Rangers. The Giants were looking to offload the contracts of Austin Jackson and Cory Gearrin so Texas capitalized by taking those two players and adding an rising pitching prospect to the deal. The Player To Be Named Later in this deal is most likely an inconsequential player as the Giants just needed salary relief. Austin Jackson was an acquisition that Texas wasn’t really interested in which is why he was waived almost immediately.
Jason Bahr was the big pickup here for the Rangers. The 23 year old pitching prospect has been on the rise this season and seen his stock go up. Pretty dominant as a starter in Single-A this year, Bahr even ranked as the Rangers number 15 prospect by MLB Prospect Watch after the acquisition. In Single-A for the Giants, Bahr posted a 2.75 ERA in 13 starts and struck out 88 in 68.2 innings. He made just three starts in High-A for the Giants affiliate and went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
Cory Gearrin was another quality addition in this trade for the Rangers. The 32-year old reliever was having an average year for the Giants before he got traded. Since joining Texas he’s improved some posting a 3.60 ERA in 9 appearances. Gearrin provides veteran depth for a depleted Rangers pitching staff not just this year but up to 2020 if the Rangers choose to keep him on. Not eligible to be a free agent until 2020, Texas now can decide to hold onto Gearrin, or if he pitches well, trade him at some point over the next year.
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