Time to Forget About a Blake Swihart Reunion

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If Red Sox Nation had any thoughts that former prospect Blake Swihart would return next season, you can forget about that.  The former Red Sox catcher has agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Monday. 

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Swihart, who made the Sox 25 man roster out of spring training last season, ended up getting traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Michael Wilson. 

A prospect who showed promise is slowly becoming a journeyman now, joining his third team in two seasons. 

Official Holiday Gift Guide of MLBShop.comSwihart was granted free agency this offseason after the Dbacks failed to offer him a contract. 

Swihart’s 2019 was a whirlwind.  He made the the Sox roster, sent down in mid-April, his brother passed away, he was DFA’d, and then traded to Arizona. 

If Sox fans had hopes he would return and replace Sandy Leon, you can turn your energy elsewhere.  The Sox traded Leon at the beginning of the offseason to the Indians for a minor league pitcher. 

With the Rangers, Swihart will be able to compete for a spot on the 26 man roster.  His versatility to catch, play the infield and outfield is an attractive option for the Rangers.  The question will be whether Swihart can hit and hit for average to stay in the big leagues. 

Swihart will always hold the appeal of what could have been.  The former top prospect was hyped to be the next big prospect to turn into a everyday major leaguer.  The Red Sox botched his development, and now Swihart is slowly becoming that journeyman player who may never live up to his promise.


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