MLB: Rangers buy two outfielders from Dodgers, one of them is a rookie

The Texas Rangers announced that they acquired the corner outfielders Billy McKinney and Zach Reks of the Dodgers, in exchange for cash considerations. Both players were designated for assignment by Los Angeles last Friday.As many teams cleared space on the roster for prospects they did not want to make eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Texas’ 40-man roster has risen to 39.

McKinney has bounced quite a bit in the league this year. He started the season with the Brewers, but landed with the Mets through a minor trade within weeks of the season. After two months in Queens, McKinney was designated for assignment and traded to the Dodgers. The 27-year-old finished the season in Southern California:

Among the three clubs, left-handed hitter McKinney scored in exactly 300 plate appearances. It was a personal record in playing time, but the former first-round player did not consistently perform at the plate. While he had a solid career with the Mets, McKinney struggled a lot with the Brew Crew and Dodgers and eventually hit a meager .192 / .280 / .358 season line with nine home runs.

His 10.7% walk rate was solid, but McKinney also fanned at an above-average 26.3% pace and didn’t hit for a ton of power. He’s out of minor league option years, so he’ll have to break camp with Texas in 2022 or be available to the rest of the league again.

Reks essentially doesn’t have a major league body of work to speak of, with only ten MLB plate appearances under his belt. However, the 28-year-old is an accomplished minor league hitter, with a career line of .295 / .383 / .487 on the farm:

That includes a .282 / .382 / .529 in 764 plate appearances with the Dodgers’ top affiliate in Oklahoma City, where Reks has shown a promising combination of patience and power.

It may interest you: MLB Heading Home Trevor Story Meets Texas Rangers

He’s a limited player on defense with concerns about strikeouts, but there’s little harm for the Rangers in adding him for nothing more than cash considerations. Left-handed hitter Reks still has a couple of options left, so he can go up and down between Arlington and Triple-A Round Rock until the end of the 2023 campaign if he sticks to the 40-man roster.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

see more


We want to say thanks to the writer of this write-up for this incredible web content

MLB: Rangers buy two outfielders from Dodgers, one of them is a rookie