The Rangers have acquired catcher Tony Sanchez from the Cincinnati Reds. Both team announced the trade.
The return to the Reds will either be cash or a player to be named later.
Sanchez was once a highly-regarded prospect with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the backstop never took that next leap with the Pirates.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old catcher has settled in as an upper-level depth piece, which is okay as he is usually the first catching option called up when an injury occurs. He’ll head to the Rangers’ top affiliate to take the place of Brett Nicholas, who was recently dealt to the San Diego Padres.
Sanchez has just 156 total plate appearances at the MLB level in four seasons of action, over which he carries a .257/.301/.375 batting line.
Lastly, he spent the majority of 2017 campaign at the Triple-A level with the Los Angeles Angels, where he posted a .272/.355/.374 slash with four long balls in 284 trips to the plate.