Texas Rangers transactions: Adolis García, a right handed hitting outfielder who was designated for assignment earlier this week, has been acquired by the Rangers from the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations, the team announced today. To make room on the 40 man roster for García, the Rangers have designated pitcher Jimmy Herget for assignment.
Garcia, who turns 27 in March, is a native of Cuba who defected in 2016 and played in Japan briefly before signing with the Cardinals for a $2.5 million bonus. He appeared briefly in the majors for St. Louis in 2018, but has spent most of the past three years in AAA.
Garcia has played all three outfield positions in the Cardinals system, though it seems like he’s best suited for right field — he has a big time throwing arm. Garcia has power but also strikes out a ton and doesn’t get on base much. He seems like someone the Rangers will take a look at and see if they can work on some of the swing issues and make into a serviceable role playing outfielder. He could also end up DFA’d again before spring training.
Herget, 26, is a righthanded reliever who the Rangers claimed on waivers earlier in December. They are likely going to see if he can be run through waivers and outrighted.