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Rangers looking to Kurt Suzuki for catching help

Dec 3, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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Texas quickly re-signed Geovany Soto knowing that A.J. Pierzynski was likely a goner via free agency and now T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are targeting Kurt Suzuki to pair with Soto behind the plate.

Soto and Suzuki are both right-handed hitters, so it’s not an ideal pairing, but Suzuki has always had a very good pitcher-handling/clubhouse reputation and accepted a limited role with the Nationals this year after previously being a regular for the A’s.

Suzuki is a career .253 hitter with a .685 OPS, including four straight seasons below .700 following a promising first few years in Oakland.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Has hot and cold streaks at the plate, but solid defensively, quality backup catcher if the Rangers get him.

    • clydeserra - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      we have been waiting for a hot streak since 07

      • APBA Guy - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        True, and my nephews who catch in college tell me that Kurt’s movement behind the plate is a little slower these days, including his pop time to second. Still, we (A’s fans) wish him well.

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