Should the Texas Rangers Acquire Blake Swihart?
By Cody Smith
The Boston Red Sox announced today that they are designating Blake Swihart for assignment. Should the Texas Rangers look into acquiring him?
With the somewhat surprising news, the Red Sox will now have ten days to look at placing Swihart on waivers, trade him, release him, or send him outright to the minors. Swihart’s career has not lived up to the hype that once surrounded him when he first burst on to the scene when he hit .274 in 84 games in 2015. Since then, he has hit just .235 in 119 games.
While Swihart’s career has taken a turn downhill, and the Red Sox have given up on him, his versatility is certainly worth the chance. The earliest that he can reach free agency is 2023 (according to baseball reference), and he has experience playing catcher, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, LF, and RF, with most of his time being spent at catcher.
Given the versatility that Swihart possesses, the Rangers should for sure take a chance on him. They can put him in the lineup all over the field, which is wonderful in today’s game. He would be a terrific super-utility player since the club seemingly does not have one due to Isiah Kiner-Falefa becoming primarily a catcher for this season.
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As of right now, Swihart would certainly have a spot on the team, as they could option Patrick Wisdom, who is currently batting .143 (with small sample size), off to the minors. With the injury bug hitting the team over the past week, Swihart would be a nice fill-in option as a regular until Guzman and Odor are ready to go again.
Once the offense is back to full health, Swihart can take on a role similar to the one that Kiner-Falefa held last season, where he can be plugged in for essentially any player to give them a day off.
The cost should not be that high for Swihart, given that the Red Sox have given up on him, so the Rangers could probably acquire him for a player to be named later, a low-tier prospect, or possibly even some cash. And the Red Sox may do Swihart a favor by sending him to the Rangers if there are multiple suitors, given that he is from Bedford.