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Braves/Rangers Swing Trade, Giving Atlanta Outfield Depth

Photo by Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

The Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves swung a trade that sent OF J.P. Martínez, 27, to the Braves in exchange for RHP Tyler Owens, 23. Giving Atlanta outfield depth and Texas pitching depth.


Martínez made his MLB debut last season for the reigning World Series champions. In the 17 games that Martínez appeared in, he slashed .225/.250/.325 with a home run.


Martínez spent most of his 2023 in A Hickory, AA Frisco, and most recently AAA Round Rock before joining the Rangers big league club. In the minors, Martínez slashed an impressive .297/.425/.538.


Martínez is likely to start the 2024 season in the minors with Atlanta with their outfield potentially set. However, Martínez has a chance to break the team as a potential bench bat.

 

Heading back to Texas is 23-year old righty, Tyler Owens. Owens was drafted by the Braves in the 2019 MLB Draft in the 13th round. The Ocala native has spent the last four seasons in the minors.


Owens has pitched to a 5-15 record with a 4.37 ERA in his minor league career. However, his 2023 season was his best. He pitched to a 3.03 ERA across 65.1 innings.


Likely the most impressive stat of Owens career, across his 169.0 innings in his minor league career, Owens has given up just 15 home runs.


The Rangers are getting depth in this trade in a pitching staff that is not one of the top in the league. Mixing Owens with a lot of veteran presence that Texas has, could get Owens on the track he and the Rangers are both looking for.

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