Ryon Healy to Texas Rangers for Delino DeShields Jr.
So long Ryon, we hardly knew thee. In what is likely an eyebrow-raising trade, trading Healy for DeShields may not make much sense.
After all, Healy has 4 years of club control remaining, and DeShields is in year 1 of arbitration. In addition, DeShields wasn’t very good last year and even had some harsh words for the Rangers when they sent him down. So what gives?
Honestly, this is just us seeing an opportunity at value and taking it. DeShields did slash .269/.347/.367 in 2017. He also steals bases, takes walks, and plays solid defense in all 3 OF spots.
Adding DeShields to our OF mix gives us a bit of flexibility in the trade market, as well as a really good 4th OF. Ryon Healy wasn’t a fit with what we were looking for and opens up first base to keep our lineup flexible.
Now I know what you’re thinking: with Healy gone, that means more playing time for Dan Vogelbach right? Uh… well… sorry.