Nevarez, Vallejo for Rodriguez
The Rangers have given up infielder Jose Vallejo and Class A pitcher Matt Nevarez.
Jamey Newberg’s take on Matt Nevarez:
Nevarez has a huge arm and is extremely raw. He’s the kind of player a system as deep as the Rangers’ can absolutely afford to trade. Drafted in the 10th round in 2005, he’ll be Rule 5-eligible this winter and would never have been protected by Texas, and thus potentially lost. (For that reason, I’d expect Houston to add him to its roster in November.)
After struggling with injuries and command for several years, the 6’5″, 220-pound righthander has broken out in 2009, posting a 2.83 ERA out of the Crawdads bullpen and striking out 50 in 35 innings. He’s scattered just 22 hits (one home run) and 15 walks, with a positive G/F rate. Risk-reward type. Could be a power set-up arm in the big leagues one day.
This guy has a chance to be a good Major League infielder. He has speed and he can play some defense. For obvious reasons – Kinsler, Andrus, even Marcus Lemon – he was quite available. He is a good pickup for the Astros.
The Astros did not just give Pudge away.