Rangers get C Bryan Holaday from Tigers for Bobby Wilson, Myles Jaye

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have traded catcher Bryan Holaday to the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson and right-hander Myles Jaye, the team announced.

Holaday, a 28-year-old Dallas native who played college ball at TCU, heads home after weeks of speculation about his future in Detroit. Though Holaday has had a terrific spring training, he found himself third on the Tigeres' depth chart at catcher behind starter James McCann and offseason acquisition Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who provides Detroit with pop from the left side of the plate.

Holaday entered spring training with no more minor league options, meaning the Tigers were faced with a critical decision: expose him to waivers, where he would almost surely get claimed, or trade him to a team looking to fortify the position.

The Rangers and Houston Astros were among the teams scouring the market for catchers in spring training. On Monday, the Astros acquired Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Diego Padres, a move that is believed to have expedited the deal between the Tigers and the Rangers for Holaday.

Holaday was recently scratched from Monday's game to get a thumb issue checked out, but was cleared for action Tuesday. He was expected to play in the second half of the Tigers' Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the game was canceled in the third inning because of rain.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Holaday thanked the Tigers and their fans for an "amazing journey."

The Rangers said Holaday will join the team Friday. Holaday, who made his major league debut with Detroit in 2012, is a .251 hitter with three homers and 30 RBIs in 108 career games. He has batted .438 this spring with 14 hits and four home runs.

Wilson, 32, split time with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Rangers last season, batting .189 with a homer and 14 RBIs in 56 games. Jaye, 24, started 26 games for Double-A Binghamton in 2015, posting a 12-9 record with a 3.29 ERA.

Texas also designated left-hander Sam Freeman for assignment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.