Orioles To Acquire Taylor Teagarden

The Orioles and Rangers have agreed to a trade that will send Taylor Teagarden to Baltimore for minor league right-hander Randy Henry and a player to be named later. The Orioles have a full 40-man roster and will have to clear room on it for Teagarden.

Teagarden, 27, has a .220/.286/.417 career line with 16 home runs in 392 career big league plate appearances over the course of four seasons. The 2005 third rounder has a .262/.374/.488 line in parts of six minor league seasons. He'll back up starter Matt Wieters.

Henry, 21, has a 3.33 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 75 2/3 minor league innings since the Orioles selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He has yet to reach Double-A.

While the Orioles had just one catcher — Wieters — on their 40-man roster, the Rangers had three of them. Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba were ahead of Teagarden on Texas' depth chart, which made the out-of-options backstop expendable.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun first reported the discussions and added detail, while Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported that the teams had agreed to a deal.


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73 Comments on "Orioles To Acquire Taylor Teagarden"


Meh Sheep
3 years 8 months ago

Good to hear it won’t be Posada or Varitek or Jake Taylor.

3 years 8 months ago

Hey, at least Jake Taylor could throw the ball to the pitcher unlike that other catcher. Crap I forget his name… 

3 years 8 months ago

Mathis?

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Rube Baker.

“Hey, Pedro! I made the rooster!”

3 years 8 months ago

Waiting to see what he cost us…..

“Minor League Pitcher and PTBNL”. Helpful haha.

3 years 8 months ago

kevin gregg? heres hoping

3 years 8 months ago

That’s a little too much wishing thinking. While, I like your thinking Jon Daniels wouldn’t do that. 6 million salary for 400k salary. Duquette did a good job I think… for right now I think that.

3 years 8 months ago

 agreed, it was more of a wishful thinking post lol

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

I like Kevin Gregg, just not anywhere near the 9th inning.  Appears like I am in the minority on this one.

3 years 8 months ago

I like him only when he throws at Ortiz :p

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Duquette reflexively offered Heathcliff Slocumb before realizing he’s been out of the league for over a decade. 

3 years 8 months ago

Has anyone told him that Pedro Martinez is no longer playing?

3 years 8 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with Taylor Teagarden and his family during this time of tragedy.

3 years 8 months ago

That’s terrible!

sourbob
3 years 8 months ago

That’s funny and all, but I’m thinking his family thinks playing 40-65 games with a new team that’s interested in him is probably better than bopping around AAA for a team that has given up on you.

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

I see 30-40max games unless Wieters gets hurt

3 years 8 months ago

30-40 sounds good. The Orioles have said they want to give Wieters a little more rest.

sourbob
3 years 8 months ago

Either way, doesn’t change my argument.

3 years 8 months ago

This is why the internet needs a sarcasm detector…

Darmintak
3 years 8 months ago

I love his name.

robbyb
3 years 8 months ago

Bascom?

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Ohh now i know why disqus had a fail last night, its all new and fancy n stuff now. oh ya and teagarden trade n stuff kool.

3 years 8 months ago

Come on, Oriole’s!! Just change your name to the Baltimore Rangers and get it over with.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 8 months ago

Sounds betten than the Baltimore Cubs

D_Lo_13
3 years 8 months ago

A 21 year old AND a PTBNL for a backup catcher? I guess so…

Can something exciting happen now?

Joshua Edwards
3 years 8 months ago

Keep hearing the Orioles linked to Aramis Ramirez. After a couple years with ex-Cub Derrek Lee, now they want the other Cubs corner infielder who’s past his prime?

Duquette knows those guys weren’t good enough even in 2003, right?

OhthePossibilities
3 years 8 months ago

Duquette said he isn’t looking for corner infield help, so unless he wants Ramirez in the outfield, you can dismiss those rumors.

3 years 8 months ago

didn’t know that half a season takes a couple years.  Derek Lee was a flyer worth the risk on the reward he could play like 2009 again.  And he didn’t. Meh.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

Whoaaa new disqus

3 years 8 months ago

Good move and as far as Jeff Mathis goes. PAH! Teagarden has a shot to play 50-60 games this year. Reason being Wieters should and will play some 1B.  Teagarden is a stellar defender (34% CS% in his career).  Good move by Duquette, now get some pitching.  Go Rays!

3 years 8 months ago

Wieters probably won’t be touching first base anytime soon. Barring extreme circumstances, you don’t put a Gold Glove catcher at first base. 

OhthePossibilities
3 years 8 months ago

A gold glove catcher who actually deserves it even more…

3 years 8 months ago

Exactly. Wieters is phenomenal behind the plate. The only comparison I can make to Wieters defensively (granted, I’m only 24 years old) is Ivan Rodriguez. 

Kurisu Rg
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know about that comparison. How many runners did Wieters pick off first base last year?

3 years 8 months ago

If it allows his bat in the lineup on days he is resting from catching its pretty smart…  He played maybe 5 games at 1B last year, probably the same amount this year

3 years 8 months ago

Let’s just say Nick Markakis played more games at first base last year than Wieters. 

Andrew Ochs
3 years 8 months ago

Wieters is arguably the best defensive catcher in the game. You don’t put him at first

3 years 8 months ago

Also, you don’t move Mark Reynolds away from the one defensive position he can play without encouraging heavy drinking.

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

He will probably play some DH to rest him, but he won’t be at first. 

Rcsully
3 years 8 months ago

Pretty amazing how far Teagarden has fallen. It was just a few years ago the Rangers were trying to get a package of quality pitchers from the Red Sox to trade him to be primary catcher. he was the can’t miss kid that winter.

3 years 8 months ago

To make room for Teagarden, the Orioles have DFA’d Pedro Viola. THE ORIOLES WIN THE TRADE SOLELY BECAUSE OF THIS.

3 years 8 months ago

Don’t really understand this…was there some pressing urgency that demanded a catcher 4 months before Spring Training? Something has to come up that doesn’t cost a young prospect with some minor upside. Pittsburgh literally got a backup catcher last year for nothing when pressed against the wall. Unless Weiters isn’t going to play 145 games next year, why bother?

The big winner here? Randy Henry, who manages to escape the Baltimore minor league pitching death pits.

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

Hate to see Henry go but disagree with you otherwise.  Teagarden is a good defensive catcher and someone who will be good for our pitching.  This also allows Wieters to DH some games.  Don’t agree with you at all.

3 years 8 months ago

I like it..this is all about depth. It seems depth is the priority this offseason so far and I like it.. No wasting money on old vets so far.

RedSoxDynasty
3 years 8 months ago

Can’t believe the Red Sox didn’t offer Buchholz for Teagarden. Damn those Orioles for overpaying for this future all-star catcher! Damn!

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

Hyperbole much?

RedSoxDynasty
3 years 8 months ago

Just looked up facetious and saw your picture! Good job! ( sarcasm, cough,sarcasm)

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

What’s your problem dude?

3 years 8 months ago

i seriously hope the PTBNL isnt one of our (rangers) players that baltimore got from us in the first place (rapada hunter davis strop phillips etc.)

3 years 8 months ago

I’d love to get Tommy “Big Game” Hunter back here in Texas. He was great while he was here

3 years 8 months ago

Not even remotely similar.  Mathis has zero power.

3 years 8 months ago

What does it matter he is the backup.  Mathis> Tatum

3 years 8 months ago

Plus Teagarden is a great defensive catcher. Even I could probably look decent if I was catching for Dan Haren, Jered Weaver, and Ervin Santana. 

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

Well 16 homers in 392 plate appearances isn’t too shabby….

3 years 8 months ago

Mathis Career SLG = .301, ISO = .107

Teagarden Career SLG = .417, ISO = .197

$1529282
3 years 8 months ago

Taylor Teagarden career ISO: .197 (.226 in the Minors, too)
Jeff Mathis career ISO: .107

Teagarden’s HR/PA averages out to 22 homers per 538 PAs.

Yep, he does have some power. Not sure where you even come up with that comparison.

3 years 8 months ago

Are you aware of how horrible Mathis really is? Do I have to show everyone the video of him throwing to the wrong base again?

3 years 8 months ago

Do it.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Oh god, I found a GIF. And better than the GIF, I found someone trying to RATIONALIZE it!

“His view of the runner was obviously blocked by the batter and he could see the runner wasn’t close to first. That’s a perfect pick-off scenario and he came up throwing.
If he can’t see the runner, and his teammates aren’t telling him the runner is going, he has to do what he knows, not what everyone comments on after the fact.
I’m not really sure why anyone would think this is so funny?
Actually catching a real game provides a lot of perspective for analysis, not ridicule.”

Best thing ever!

sourbob
3 years 8 months ago

Teagarden’s “slight edge” in power is right around the amount of ISO Joey Votto has over Yuniesky Betancourt.

3 years 8 months ago

118 major league games, 18 homers. Over 140 games (full season for catcher), that’s 21. Wow at his career strikeout rate though. Even Mark Reynolds has to be impressed with that.

OhthePossibilities
3 years 8 months ago

If by steal you mean completely fair and equal, then yes, it was a steal.

3 years 8 months ago

You won’t say that when Henry’s arm falls off again.

3 years 8 months ago

Uh… yeah, have fun paying for Henry’s future surgeries. This coming from a huge fan of Randy Henry. Watching his windup and release almost made my arm hurt.

danistheguy
3 years 8 months ago

Well if it is a steal, then it’s payback for letting the O’s walk away with a young starting pitcher (Hunter) and a young power-hitting CIF (Davis) for an over-the-hill-if-adorable reliever (Koji).

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Seconded, never heard this one before. This I’ve gotta see.

Shu13
3 years 8 months ago

Ok if his saving grace is that he’s better then Mathis…holy crap…

Teagarden’s 4 yr career has been way to inconsistent to evaluate and his sample sizes are too small and spread out….

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I disagree.  Henry is nothing to write home about.

3 years 8 months ago

Saying someone’s better than Mathis is like saying someone’s less fat than Rosie O’Donnell. That’s not very specific.

3 years 8 months ago

Good speed? His fastball topped off last year at around 93 at the beginning of the year, and it topped of at 91 at the end of the year. 

Also, prospects like Henry are a complete crapshoot. Remember when everyone said Josh Bell was a top prospect?

Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

I like Henry, but health is a major concern with him.  He was one of my underrated Orioles prospects, and I really believe he will make it to the majors and be a pretty good middle reliever.   

3 years 8 months ago

Tim McCarver?  Joe Buck?  I’m right, aren’t I?

3 years 8 months ago

cheers! one day our time will come lol