Tigers Trade Holaday to Rangers
Bryan Holaday had a spring that was worthy of making an MLB roster, it just won't be with the team he was in camp with. The Tigers announced Monday that they have traded Holaday to the Rangers for two prospects.
Holaday, 28, was batting .438 in 16 spring training games in 2016. He had four home runs and 12 RBIs to go with that number and a slugging percentage of .969.
His low number of at-bats prevent him from being qualified on MLB's official spring training statistics but the former sixth round pick would be 4th in batting average, 2nd in slugging percentage and tied for 36th among all major leaguers this Spring.
The Tigers received catcher Bobby Wilson and right-handed pitcher Myles Jaye from the Rangers in this deal.
Wilson, 33, is expected to be the everyday catcher in Toledo and the call-up should McCann or Saltalamacchia get hurt this year. He has 249 games of Major League experience under his belt in seven years. Last year he logged 56 of those games between the Rays and the Rangers.
This spring, Wilson is hitting. 273 in 10 games with one home run and two RBIs.
Jaye, 24, is a right handed starter with no major league experience yet. He was drafted in the 17th round by the Blue Jays in 2010.
Jaye has spent the better part of the last two years with the AA Birmingham Barons in the Chicago White Sox system. Jaye was traded to the Rangers by Chicago last December.
Last year in 26 minor league starts Jaye came away with a 12-9 record, 3.29 ERA and a WHIP of 1.233. His strikeout to walk ratio was 104 K's to 47 walks. This spring he featured out of the bullpen in a limited capacity for the Rangers.
Jaye is expected to join the AA Erie Seawolves rotation this year.