The Dodgers are making some more moves this offseason, but again not of the variety fans are expecting. On Friday, the club designated for assignment Billy McKinney and Zach Reks as part of a series of 40-man roster moves. It comes as no surprise that the Dodgers are now trading both players.
On Monday it was announced that both McKinney and Reks were heading to Texas in a deal for cash considerations.
The Rangers have acquired OFs Billy McKinney and Zach Reks from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. Both players had been DFA on Friday. McKinney played in 116 games for MIL, NYM, and LAD in 2021. Reks made MLB debut with LAD in 2021 (6 G) Roster at 39.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) November 22, 2021
Billy McKinney may have been an overall disappointment in a Dodgers’ uniform, but he is a major league player in all respects. He has a full MLB career and has proven to be a serviceable bench piece for any team, and a starter if needed. McKinney can play almost all places of the infield and outfield. Every major league team has a place in their organization for good utility players.
Zach Reks has proven in his minor league career to be ready for major league service, although the Rangers are likely to keep him in the minors to develop. In the minors, Reks has hit 54 home runs while slashing .295/.383/.487 to boot.
Many can speculate that the Dodgers are freeing up roster spots to acquire prime Duke Snider or Shohei Ohtani. If we’re going to play that game, perhaps the rumors about the Dodgers being in on Seiya Suzuki have a lot of weight. Suzuki is a huge star in Japan. He has a ton of power and can play the field. More likely though, a guy like Joe Kelly is likely to be locked up “unofficially” and can now be signed officially. Only time will tell. Until then, a kind farewell for Reks and McKinney.