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UPDATED: Rangers looking for backstops

Jan 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

In his “10 questions” piece for, T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are in the market for backstops:

1. What will happen with the catching situation?

The Rangers will bring in at least one and possibly two veteran
catchers to push Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden. The
Rangers clearly have concerns about Saltalamacchia’s right shoulder and
they clearly have doubts that Teagarden is ready for everyday duty.

Rod Barajas, Yorvit Torrealba,
Bengie Molina and Miguel Olivo are the “best available” catchers, and I put that
in quotes for obvious reasons, but all four are believed to be seeking
multi-year contracts. Instead, Sullivan sees the Rangers going after
secondary options like Jose Molina, Michael Barrett and Mike Redmond.
He also mentions Josh Bard as a possibility, however he signed a minor
league deal with the Mariners earlier this week. Devastating news, I
know, but Jon Daniels will just have to pick up the pieces and move on.

Update: Richard Durrett of reports that the Rangers have shown interest in Dioner Navarro of the Rays. Navarro was a non-tender candidate last month before he agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

  1. hardjuge - Jan 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    They Should have resigned Pudge.

  2. Jonathan L. - Jan 2, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I hate the Rangers’ attitude toward their young catchers. They are single-handedly ruining a great bunch of catchers. Or perhaps I’m just confused about what exactly they expect out of a “veteran” catcher that they think they can’t get out of Saltalamacchia and Teagarden. The Rangers are like that parent that gets super-negative about their child’s ability to cross the street by themselves just so they don’t have to let go of their hand. Stop treating them with kid gloves and let them play. Ugh.

  3. hardjuge - Jan 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Salty has a serious shoulder injury, so they dont know what to expect from him. Teagarden has been very inconsistent at the plate, but is an excellent catcher. They should have kept Pudge to work with them.

  4. Ellis Hall - Jan 3, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Salty had Thoracic Outlet Surgery – not a shoulder injury which is a whole different ballgame. No labrum or rotator cuff involvement at all. Having said that, I agree with hardjuge that Pudge should have been re-signed if for no other reason than to be a mentor/backup and allow Teagarden to return to AAA where he should have been all last year. You have to have a short memory to forget that Salty was great last year before his injury with many experts lauding his defensive improvement.

  5. hardjuge - Jan 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    very, very true and the only real question is will Salty’s shoulder be alright.

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