Travis will be given a shot to compete at first base during spring training, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The right-handed hitting Travis, who was acquired from the Red Sox on Wednesday, is not on the Rangers' 40-man roster but will get an opportunity to platoon with Ronald Guzman for playing time at first base. That position is unsettled for now, and the club is looking at available free agents. That includes Nick Castellanos, who the Rangers are feeling out about his willingness to try his hand at first base.
Travis was traded from the Red Sox to the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for left-hander Jeffrey Springs, John Blake of the team's official site reports. The 26-year-old accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket last Thursday, but he'll now work out of the Rangers' organization. Travis was assigned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move after hitting .275/.362/.432 with seven home runs and five stolen bases over 68 games in the minors last season. In 59 games for Boston, Travis slashed .215/.274/.382 with six home runs, 16 RBI and two steals.
Travis cleared waivers Thursday and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. After struggling at the plate last season, Travis was designated for assignment earlier in January to clear room on the 40-man roster for Kevin Plawecki. However, Travis went unclaimed on waivers and will accept his assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. Over 68 games at the Triple-A level last year, the 26-year-old hit .275/.362/.432 with seven home runs and 33 RBI.
Travis was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Travis appeared in a career-high 59 major-league games last season, but he struggled with a .215 batting average and only six home runs. The 26-year-old has a below-average strikeout rate of 22.9 percent but hasn't been able to display enough power in the big leagues to justify that rate. Travis was removed from the 40-man roster in order to clear room for Kevin Plawecki, who signed a major-league contract with the team Thursday.
Travis (concussion) started in left field and went 1-for-5 in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Rays. Travis had been withheld from action for the past few days with a concussion, but he was cleared to re-enter the lineup before the weekend concluded after passing through the MLB's protocol for head injuries. With all of Andrew Benintendi (thumb), J.D. Martinez (groin) and Mookie Betts (foot) nursing injuries lately, Travis could be in store for a decent amount of run in the Boston outfield in the final week of the season.