Mitch Garver has been one of the best offensive catchers in baseball in recent years. The Rangers made the decision earlier this year to trade Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Twins to acquire him.
The trade also meant that either Jose Trevino or Jonah Heim had to go. The Texas Rangers decided to move on from Jose Trevino. Was it the correct choice.
I am award that hindsight is always 20/20, but right now it does not look like the right call. Trevino is playing very well in New York and Mitch Garver is headed for season ending surgery soon.
The plus side of all this is the fact that Jonah Heim is having an All-Star worthy first half of the season. Sam Huff got some time at the Major League level and did pretty well.
Not the Guy
But the Rangers signed Garver to be the guy, and it has not happened. The real question is should Garver get his surgery now and be ready for 2023, or stick around and DH for a while longer?
That questions can only be answered by guys who get paid a lot more money than I do. I will, however, give you my opinion. Get the surgery. Garver is not going to be his normal self until he gets the surgery.
Why waste his at bats on a season where contention is not the goal? According to the Athletic, Chris Woodward said about the surgery:
“If we do have to go down that road, then we have to decide where we are at in the standings. If it’s a pretty steep mountain to climb, then it probably wouldn’t make sense to hang on.”
Steep hill or not, I think Garver should go ahead and have that surgery. Jonah Heim is playing well, Josh Smith has been a nice surprise and guys like Brad Miller and Charlie Culberson can get DH at bats.
I don’t see much upside in waiting for Mitch Garver to get the surgery. Get it done and be ready for 2023. That is the year the Rangers are supposed to start contending. Not 2022.
Only time will tell us if signing Mitch Garver was a mistake or if he is going to work out. It seems now it is going to take some more time to figure that out,