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Rangers acquire Patrick Wisdom from Cardinals


The Texas Rangers today acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson.

The 27-year-old Wisdom made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2018, batting .260 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI over 32 games/8 starts spanning two stints (August 11-20, August 28-end of season). He spent the balance of last season with Triple-A Memphis, batting .288 with an .843 OPS figure, 15 home runs, and 61 RBI. Wisdom played 234 games with Memphis in 2017-18, hitting 46 home runs with 150 RBI. His 31 home runs in 2017 ranked tied for 5th among all minor league players, as he was named a Pacific Coast League postseason All-Star and also MVP of the circuit’s championship series that year.

The Texas Rangers today acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson.

The 27-year-old Wisdom made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2018, batting .260 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI over 32 games/8 starts spanning two stints (August 11-20, August 28-end of season). He spent the balance of last season with Triple-A Memphis, batting .288 with an .843 OPS figure, 15 home runs, and 61 RBI. Wisdom played 234 games with Memphis in 2017-18, hitting 46 home runs with 150 RBI. His 31 home runs in 2017 ranked tied for 5th among all minor league players, as he was named a Pacific Coast League postseason All-Star and also MVP of the circuit’s championship series that year.

Primarily a third baseman throughout his professional career, Wisdom has also seen significant action at first base. He led his league’s third basemen in fielding percentage in both 2015 and 2017. The right-handed batter and thrower was originally selected by St. Louis with the 52nd overall pick in the 2012 June draft out of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. A native of Murrieta, California, Wisdom played for Surprise in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, when he was selected to the circuit’s All-Prospect Team.

Robinson batted .183 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI over 47 games spanning three stints with Texas in 2018, his second major league campaign. The Las Vegas native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2010 June draft.

Following today’s trade, the Rangers’ major league roster remains at 35 players.

The Texas Rangers also announced the appointment of former Major League pitcher Brandon McCarthy as Special Assistant to the General Manager.

The 35-year-old McCarthy concluded a 14-year big league career by making 15 starts with Atlanta in 2018. He will primarily be involved in all aspects of pitching development on the major and minor league level with Texas.

McCarthy was 69-75 with a 4.20 ERA in 255 games/197 starts with the White Sox (2005-06), Rangers (2007-09), A’s (2011-12), Diamondbacks (2013-14), Yankees (2014), Dodgers (2015-17), and Braves (2018). He was 13-15 in 45 games/44 starts in three seasons with Texas before undergoing right shoulder surgery and not appearing in the majors in 2010 (11 starts on rehab assignment). McCarthy won a career high 10 games with the Diamondbacks and Yankees in 2014. He was 6-3 with a 4.92 ERA in 15 starts with Atlanta in 2018.



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