Hayes was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. Hayes went 4-for-14 (.286) this spring, but he was never in a position to challenge for a roster spot. The Rangers have the catcher position on lock at the big league level, so Hayes will head to the minors where he'll serve as organizational depth.
Hayes signed a minor league contract with Texas on Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The contract includes an invitation to spring training and marks his fifth team in the last sixth seasons. Hayes is a career .205 hitter and will likely serve as organizational depth in a system that includes Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos.
Hayes was traded to the White Sox on Wednesday for cash considerations, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Hayes had been with Triple-A Reno, where he batted .161/.175/.196 across 56 at-bats (18 games). He last appeared in the big leagues in 2015, when he played in 14 games for the Indians.
Indians catcher Brett Hayes has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Hayes cleared waivers and was sent outright to Columbus earlier this week, but he had the opportunity to reject the assignment and become a free agent. He went 5 for 32 with three home runs and six RBI with the Indians before the move was made.
Indians catcher Brett Hayes has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. Hayes, who is a seven-year veteran, has the right to refuse the assignment, according to MLB.com. However, it has not been revealed if Hayes will indeed reject the assignment, or if he will head to Columbus. Hayes was designated for assignment on Sunday when Yan Gomes was activated off of the disabled list. In limited playing time, Hayes had just five hits in 32 at-bats this season.