Rangers Acquire Lefty Specialist Clay Rapada

The Deal
The Tigers shipped situational lefty reliever Clay Rapada, who is out of options, to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named. The trade did not have Rule 5 draft ramifications.
Tigers Acquire
We’ll analyze the player headed to Detroit as soon as he’s announced.
Rangers Acquire
Clay Rapada, lhp
Age: 28.
Born: March 9, 1981 in Portsmouth, Va.
Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 200. Bats: R. Throws: L.
School: Virginia State.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Cubs, July 14, 2002 … Traded by Cubs to Tigers for OF Craig Monroe, Aug. 30, 2007.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Toledo (IL) AAA 4 2 2.76 42 0 5 46 50 15 14 1 17 47 1.47
Detroit (AL) MAJ 0 0 5.40 3 0 0 3 4 2 2 1 2 2 1.80

Rapada has fared poorly in three trials in the big leagues, getting hammered by righthanded batters while walking too many lefthanded ones (.235/.361/.333 in 62 plate appearances). But it’s been a different story in the minors. Rapaca handcuffed lefthanded batters in the International League both last season (.210/.279/.274) and also in 2008 (.207/.304/.379), but his low, side-arm slot makes him extremely vulnerable to righties. He hits his spots with a fastball that ranges from 84-87 mph and features solid tailing life, while mixing in a sweeping slider to buckle the knees of lefties. He holds runners and fiels his position well. The Rangers will have to keep him on the 25-man roster or risk losing him to waivers if they try to send him back to Triple-A.


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