Rangers deal Heineman to Reds for prospect

Texas also signs former first-round Draft pick to Minors deal

December 16th, 2020

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers acquired infielder Jose Acosta from the Reds for outfielder Scott Heineman, the club announced on Wednesday.

Acosta, 20, is a switch-hitter who was originally signed in 2017 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He last played in '19, when he hit .395 with 17 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 32 RBIs between the Reds' Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League team.

Acosta plays both third and second base, and he has been successful on 38 of 42 steal attempts. Acosta was selected to the 2019 Dominican Summer League All-Star team. He did not play in '20 and was not a part of their instructional league team.

Heineman was designated for assignment on Friday, when the Rangers needed room on the 40-man roster to sign pitcher . An 11th-round Draft pick in 2015 out of the University of Oregon, Heineman played in 49 games for the Rangers in the past two seasons, hitting .189/.259/.331 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

The Rangers also signed right-handed pitcher to a Minor League contract. Ortiz, the Rangers' first-round Draft pick in 2014, was one of three players sent to the Brewers on Aug. 1, 2016, in a trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

Ortiz was traded to the Orioles two years later and pitched in three games for them from 2018-19, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Over six Minor League seasons, the 25-year-old Ortiz has a 23-29 record and 3.73 ERA in 103 games (90 starts).