Rangers Acquire More International Bonus Space From White Sox
The Rangers keep looking to add international bonus pool space. The White Sox keep presenting themselves as willing partners.
The White Sox traded catcher Welington Castillo and international bonus pool money to the Rangers for minor league infielder/outfielder Jonah McReynolds following the conclusion of the World Series. According to BA correspondent Jeff Wilson, the Rangers received $250,000 in international pool money.
The Rangers declined Castillo’s $8 million team option upon acquiring him, making him a free agent.
It is the second trade for bonus pool space between the teams in four months. The Rangers acquired righthander Nate Jones and $1 million in international bonus money from the White Sox in July for prospects Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro. The Rangers used that money to finalize the signing of 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Bayron Lora.
WHITE SOX ACQUIRE
Jonah McReynolds, UTIL
The Rangers drafted Reynolds in the 13th round from Patrick Henry (Va.) JC in 2016. He has spent the last three seasons at short-season Spokane and failed to hit above .240 in any of them. Reynolds is a good athlete with strong infield tools, plus arm strength and solid-average speed. He is very raw as a hitter, however, and has little power. McReynolds is primarily a third baseman but can play all around the diamond. He has played every position as a professional except for catcher.
Welington Castillo, C
Castillo suffered his worst season—both offensively and defensively—in 2019. He is a veteran catcher with power who could serve as a backup somewhere, but it won’t be with the Rangers. They declined Castillo’s $8 million team option after acquiring him, making him a free agent. The deal was primarily about the international bonus pool money the Rangers received.