The Rangers announced they’ve acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki for cash in a minor league trade with San Diego. Plawecki had not been on the Padres’ 40-man roster and won’t immediately go onto the roster with Texas. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock for the time being.
It’s a sensible depth pickup for Texas. The Rangers just placed All-Star backstop Jonah Heim on the injured list with a left wrist issue. He’ll be shut down for a few weeks before it’s determined whether season-ending surgery is necessary. The best case scenario is that Mitch Garver and Sam Huff will hold down the fort for a few weeks before Heim makes it back.
Texas doesn’t have any other catchers on the 40-man, so an injury to either Garver or Huff would force them to tap into the minor league ranks. None of the Rangers’ Triple-A backstops had any big league experience, so it makes sense to fortify the group with a veteran.
Plawecki is no stranger to the organization. He signed with the Rangers late last season after being released by the Red Sox. Despite his impending free agency, a then-uncompetitive Texas club valued his clubhouse presence enough to carry him on the roster at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old has spent this year in Triple-A with the Nationals and Friars. He has combined for a .268/.341/.400 line over 229 trips to the plate. In parts of eight big league seasons, he’s a .235/.313/.342 hitter.