Tigers trade Bryan Holaday to Texas

The spring-long wait for catcher Bryan Holaday’s roster fate ended Tuesday night, when the Tigers traded their former backup to the Texas Rangers for catcher Bobby Wilson and right-handed pitching prospect Myles Jaye.

Holaday, a former Tigers draft pick who backed up Alex Avila for much of 2014, was on trade watch since Detroit signed veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia in December. Though the Tigers would’ve liked the catching depth behind second-year starter James McCann, Holaday is out of minor-league options and would’ve had to clear waivers to be outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.

Holaday helped his case with a standout spring offensively, batting 14-for-32 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. He added defensive versatility to his resume with playing time at third base and left field.

The Rangers, who had been seeking to upgrade at backup catcher, were among the teams most frequently mentioned with rumored interest in Holaday, who grew up in Dallas and starred at nearby Texas Christian University. Once the Astros acquired Erik Kratz from the Padres Monday night, Texas was the most logical landing spot for Holaday.

Tuesday’s trade ensures the Tigers of some depth with Wilson, who turns 33 on April 8 and has backed up for four different teams over parts of seven Major League seasons. He’s a .204 (107-for-525) career hitter with nine home runs and 51 RBIs, while he’s a .994 fielder with eight passed balls and a 27 percent caught-stealing rate over 232 career games caught.

Wilson is expected to open the season in Toledo, with Miguel Gonzalez or Raffy Lopez backing him up.

The 24-year-old Jaye adds some pitching depth to a Tigers organization that has been trying to stockpile. The 24-year-old went 12-9 with a 3.29 ERA in 26 starts last year at Double-A Birmingham in the White Sox system, allowing 135 hits over 147 2/3 innings with 47 walks and 104 strikeouts. He’ll join the rotation at Double-A Erie.

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wow what an underwhelming trade.

The Tigers got more than predicted by many experts It’s not like Holaday is potentially any better than a backup catcher.

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Texas has found a gem. Bryan Holaday is a backup catcher. But not for long.

I hope you are right for his sake. I just don’t see it.

And from what I have read, the return was pretty decent given what was imagined given his projected worth and available options.

Greene gets the start today. What are the plans for Boyd?

Boyd to Toledo and Parnel re-signed. Just as I hoped and imagined. Life is good. Hopefully, these moves play out well.

I’d rather we traded Saltalamacchia. Since McCann is only in year 2 I think it would’ve been smart to keep Holaday as insurance in case the wheels fall off McCann like they did for Avila. Holaday is a great backup and still cheap. I really don’t see the point to this.

Gotta be happy for Holaday getting to go back home to TX, get a major league job, and a chunk of playing time on a team that can contend. His offensive production should be helped by his new home ballpark too. Paid his minors dues and getting rewarded for it.

Wishing him all the best in the Lone Star state. He is a nice young man.

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