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Orioles acquire catcher Taylor Teagarden from Rangers

Dec 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Done deal. Connolly says the Rangers are getting minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later for Teagarden.

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have been talking to the Rangers about catcher Taylor Teagarden as they search for a new backup for Matt Wieters.

Teagarden is out of minor-league options and seemingly not part of the Rangers’ plans, so it could be a good fit.

His stock has declined considerably over the past couple seasons, but Teagarden is still just 27 years old and has always been a strong defensive catcher with some pop at the plate. Unfortunately he’s hit just .220 with a ghastly .286 on-base percentage and 142/29 K/BB ratio in 392 plate appearances as a big leaguer.

Connolly notes that Orioles manager Buck Showalter was the Rangers’ manager back when they drafted Teagarden in 2005, so presumably he recommended him as a target. Texas’ asking price figures to be pretty modest.

  1. anotheryx - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Heyman says it’s a done deal, pending physical.

  2. APBA Guy - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    From one brief shining moment in 2008 with a 1.208 OPS to 2011 and .572. If Buck can whistle and do a soft-shoe for 15 seconds Teagarden is his.

  3. lyon810 - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    It’s amazing when you consider how highly touted the likes of Max Ramirez, Teagarden and Salty were, yet none of them panned out

    • boston25rocketman - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Not for Texas anyways, Salty looked good when the Sox finally gave him a chance to stick as an everyday catcher.

      • randomdigits - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

        .7 WAR isn’t a good look.

      • bozosforall - Dec 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        Only the idiots in Boston believe that Saltalamacchia is anything more than average at best (and more likely less than average over the long haul).

    • homelanddefense - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Bozo is a douchebag.

      And Saltalamachia is average at best. But I agree with the original post, Teagarden and Salty were super high rated prospects that never lived up to the hype.

  4. randomdigits - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Henry’s ceiling is MLB middle reliever. Miclat could be the PTBNL, he isn’t currently on the 40 man. Second base with limited offensive ability but top notch base stealer.

  5. Detroit Michael - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Huh? Managers don’t usually recommend which amateur prospects should be drafted to the best of my knowledge, contrary to the presumption at the end of Aaron’s post.

    • jwbiii - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      I think he meant Showalter recommended Teagarden to Duquette.

    • Aaron Gleeman - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      I was saying Showalter recommended him to the Orioles now, not that he recommended him to the Rangers in 2005.

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