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Texas gets Travis from Boston for Springs

@Sullivan_Ranger
January 15, 2020

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis from the Red Sox in exchange for left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs, the club announced on Wednesday. The Rangers acquired Travis because he has shown right-handed power in the Minor Leagues. He is not on the 40-man roster but will get

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis from the Red Sox in exchange for left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs, the club announced on Wednesday.

The Rangers acquired Travis because he has shown right-handed power in the Minor Leagues. He is not on the 40-man roster but will get an invitation to big league camp with a chance to compete for a spot.

Springs and left-handed reliever Kyle Bird were both designated for assignment earlier on Wednesday to make room for catcher Robinson Chirinos and third baseman Todd Frazier on the Major League roster.

Travis was outrighted by the Red Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket last week and has been assigned to Triple-A Nashville with the Rangers. Travis has played in parts of the last three seasons with the Red Sox with a career average of .230 with seven home runs, 24 RBIs and a .371 slugging percentage over 111 games.

During his Minor League career, he has a .325 batting average, a .391 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching. Those numbers were what attracted the Rangers' attention in their quest for more right-handed power.

Springs has pitched in 43 games for the Rangers the past two seasons, going 5-2 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.