The Detroit Tigers agreed to send catcher Bryan Holaday to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson and right-handed pitcher Myles Jaye.
Holaday, 28, has spent parts of the last four seasons in Detroit as a backup. He hit .281/.292/.453 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 2015. The Rangers may be looking at Holaday to compete with Robinson Chirinos, who has raw power but has never been an every-day option.
Wilson, 32, split the 2015 season with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .189/.255/.250 with one home run and 14 runs batted in. A backup throughout his career, most of which he's spent with the Los Angeles Angels, Wilson will likely slot into Holaday's vacant backup spot. He may even wind up as the team's third catcher.
Jaye, 24, was traded to Texas in the offseason. A former 17th-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, he has also spent time with the Chicago White Sox in addition to Texas. This will be his third organization since the beginning of the 2015 season.
"I'd like to thank the Texas Rangers for everything. First class organization! Looking forward to the road ahead with Detroit," Jaye tweeted.
Overall, this is a deal that won't move too many needles. Jaye and Holaday are the two biggest pieces moving. Jaye has a chance to be an end-of-the-rotation starter if certain things break right, while Holaday probably tops out as the better of two players in a catching platoon.
There won't be any World Series games won or lost here. Just two teams looking to make the best of their organizational situations as we head into the regular season.