3 ripple effects of the Texas Rangers’ acquisition of Mitch Garver
3. Jose Trevino or Jonah Heim will be traded
This seems like a relatively obvious takeaway from the Texas Rangers acquiring Mitch Garver, but it still matters.
The Rangers aren’t done wheeling and dealing on this crazy, post-lockout market. Therefore, having extra ammunition to use in trades on the big league roster is to their benefit. In Jose Trevino and Jonah Heim, Texas has just that. Mitch Garver doesn’t need two backups!
My gut tells me of the two catchers, Trevino is more likely to be dealt. Trevino offers little in the way of upside, but he’s a good leader and defender behind the plate. Some team would find value in having him as a backup.
Heim, meanwhile, was acquired as part of the Elvis Andrus-Khris Davis salary dump trade with the A’s last winter. By acquiring him and pitching prospect Dane Acker, the Rangers were willing to add salary just to get the benefit of adding two young players with various levels of upside. It doesn’t seem likely, therefore, that Texas would move off Heim so suddenly. Heim also has more upside than Trevino from an age standpoint alone. And he bats from the left side, which compliments Garver’s powerful right-handed swing.
Either way, though, expect one of Trevino or Heim to be included in a future trade package as the Texas Rangers look to round out their roster.