The Toronto Blue Jays acquired minor league catcher Pat Cantwell from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations or a player to be named later, Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake announced on Friday evening. Cantwell will report to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Toronto’s Double-A affiliate.
Round Rock catcher Pat Cantwell has been traded to Toronto for a PTBNL or cash. He will report to double-A New Hampshire.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) May 5, 2017
The catcher was off to a rocky start to the season, evident by a 4-for-30 line (.133) and 11 strikeouts through seven games with Triple-A Round Rock. His best stint in the minors came in 2014 with Double-A Frisco, when he posted career highs in average (.268), RBIs (33) and extra-base hits (17) over 76 games.
This isn’t the only trade that Toronto’s been involved in behind the plate. In mid-April, the Blue Jays shipped catcher Juan Graterol to the Los Angeles Angels.
It’s not a good time to be a catcher with the Blue Jays to start the season, either. Starting catcher Russell Martin entered Friday evening batting .200. His 26 strikeouts trailed only those of Jose Bautista on the Toronto roster. Luke Maile, who was recently called up to the majors, has yet to record a hit, going 0-for-7 as of Friday evening.
A year ago, Cantwell could have been content being traded to or from either Texas or Toronto. Both teams finished with playoff bids.
This season’s been different, at least to start off. Texas enters the weekend 12-17 and in last place via AL West standings while Toronto sits 9-19 and last in the AL East.