The Rangers have traded 25-year old switch hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Roman Mendez, 22-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and cash. Saltalamacchia played in 2 games for the Rangers this season and he was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 RBI. He played in 193 games in four years for the Rangers and he was 159 of 653 (.243 avg, .692 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 18 homers, 82 RBIs and a simply amazing 219 whiffs! Roman Mendez came into this season as the Red Sox’ #23 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Mendez started 14 games in A-ball for the Red Sox this year and he is 2-5 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He has now pitched in 37 games (35 starts) in his three years in the minors and he is 7-9 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Mendez has whiffed 146 batters in 148 2/3 innings in his minor league career showing he has decent stuff. Chris McGuiness played in 78 games in A-ball this season and he was 84 of 282 (.298 avg, .920 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers and 46 RBIs. He has now played in 138 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 137 of 498 (.275 avg, .860 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 18 homers and 85 RBIs. I really like this deal for the Rangers who got a nice haul for essentially giving up on Salty.