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.


73 Responses to Orioles To Acquire Taylor Teagarden Leave a Reply

  1. Meh Sheep 4 years ago

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

  2. Waiting to see what he cost us…..

    “Minor League Pitcher and PTBNL”. Helpful haha.

    • kevin gregg? heres hoping

      • 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.

    • chico65 4 years ago

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

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

    • That’s terrible!

    • sourbob 4 years 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 4 years ago

        I see 30-40max games unless Wieters gets hurt

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

        • sourbob 4 years ago

          Either way, doesn’t change my argument.

          • This is why the internet needs a sarcasm detector…

  4. Darmintak 4 years ago

    I love his name.

  5. robbyb 4 years ago

    Bascom?

  6. grownice 4 years 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.

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

  8. D_Lo_13 4 years ago

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

    Can something exciting happen now?

  9. Joshua Edwards 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

    • 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.

  10. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Whoaaa new disqus

  11. 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!

    • 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 4 years ago

        A gold glove catcher who actually deserves it even more…

        • 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 4 years ago

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

      • 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

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

    • Andrew Ochs 4 years ago

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

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

    • Rabbitov 4 years ago

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

  12. Rcsully 4 years 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.

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

  14. 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 4 years 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.

  15. 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.

  16. RedSoxDynasty 4 years 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!

  17. 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.)

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

  18. Not even remotely similar.  Mathis has zero power.

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

  20. 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. 

  21. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

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

  22. Mathis Career SLG = .301, ISO = .107

    Teagarden Career SLG = .417, ISO = .197

  23. $1529282 4 years 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.

  24. 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?

  25. Do it.

  26. 0bsessions 4 years 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!

  27. sourbob 4 years ago

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

  28. 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.

  29. OhthePossibilities 4 years ago

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. danistheguy 4 years 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).

  33. 0bsessions 4 years ago

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

  34. Shu13 4 years 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….

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

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

  37. 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?

  38. Rabbitov 4 years 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.   

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

  40. cheers! one day our time will come lol 

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