It has been announced that Leury Garcia has officially been traded to the Chicago White Sox as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios deal.
Garcia, 22, was on the 40 man roster when the deal was consummated, and thus had to either clear waivers or be claimed on waivers by the White Sox in order for him to be officially sent to Chicago this summer. Otherwise, he would have remained Texas property until after the season, when he could have been sent to the White Sox without having to go through waivers.
This is not surprising news, as it was widely reported that Garcia was the PTBNL in the Rios trade. Garcia, 22, started the season in the majors as the Rangers' utility infielder, but struggled in every facet at the game before being demoted, with Jurickson Profar taking over that role.
Garcia is considered a terrific baserunner, an elite defender at shortstop, and he has worked some in center field. However, he doesn't profile to have much in the way of power or walks, and many doubt that he will ever hit for enough average to make his offense serviceable enough to be an everyday player. While those folks see him as a future utility player, others think his speed and defense will be good enough to make him an adequate starter at shortstop, even with his limited offensive upside.