It's been a busy day for the Texas Rangers. Earlier we told you that catcher A.J. Piersysnki is leaving the team to sign a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox. Now this afternoon comes word that the Rangers have traded centerfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom to division rival Oakland for outfielder Michael Choice and minor league second baseman Chris Bostick. The key player for the Rangers is Choice, who went to high school at Timberview high school in Arlington. He also played baseball at UT Arlington before being drafted number 10 overall by Oakland in the 2010 draft.
Choice had a cup of coffee with Oakland late in the season, but he's in essence a complete rookie coming in to compete for an outfield spot.
And, in other Rangers-related news, closer Joe Nathan is reportedly on the verge of signing a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers, where he would join his 2013 teammate, Ian Kinsler.