Rangers Seek Depth At Second And Catcher

11:43pm: The Rangers are scouting the Cubs, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports, and perhaps not just because of Kottaras. The Cubs also have infielders Darwin Barney and Donnie Murphy. The Rangers like Barney better, Sullivan writes.

4:50pm: In the wake of Soto's injury, the Rangers are considering acquiring George Kottaras of the Cubs, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com tweets. Kottaras currently projects to back up Welington Castillo in Chicago, but the Cubs are reportedly considering rostering John Baker instead. Kottaras, 30, hit .180/.349/.370 in 126 plate appearances for the Royals last year. In response to Soto's injury, the Rangers have already signed Chris Snyder to a minor-league deal.

The Rangers also looked at Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks today, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel tweets. As Haudricourt notes, Weeks' $11MM salary could be an impediment to a trade. Weeks hit .209/.306/.357 in 399 plate appearances with the Brewers last year.

12:08pm: Texas has checked in with several clubs with catching depth, including the Yankees, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Though Francisco Cervelli may be available, Olney says that there does not appear to be a fit between those two clubs.

10:50am: The Rangers have had trade talks in a bid to add depth at catcher and/or second base, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. The expected starters at those two spots — catcher Geovany Soto and second baseman Jurickson Profar — are each expected to miss ten to twelve weeks to open the year.

While it would be pure speculation to guess at possible trade partners in this kind of scenario, we can look at the available free agent pool for other alternatives. With the list growing as final roster decisions are made, Texas could look to players like Tony Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, or Cesar Izturis for the middle infield. Meanwhile, available catching options include recently-released players like Ramon Hernandez, Chris Snyder, and Yorvit Torrealba.

Of course, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote yesterday, it could be that the greater concern is with the state of the rotation. That is all the more true now, with this morning's report (via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News) that ace Yu Darvish will miss his Opening Day start and undergo an MRI to determine the cause of his stiff neck.

Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.


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133 Comments on "Rangers Seek Depth At Second And Catcher"


Rcsully
1 year 5 months ago

Lavarnway would be a perfect and affordable fit for Texas

sourbob
1 year 5 months ago

In terms of salary, he’s affordable. With the Red Sox wanting young talent for him and the Rangers already feeling depleted on depth and minor league prospects, it’s maybe not how they want to use their resources right now.

wingsofjoy
1 year 5 months ago

Their minor league farm is hardly depleted.

sourbob
1 year 5 months ago

I said the Rangers feel that way. Help yourself to any of the many articles this week wherein Jon Daniels says he regrets the Garza trade because it hurt their minor league depth and left them thinner than they like. I didn’t mean depleted as in barren, but is it thinner than they like? Well he said it is.

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Add Miguel Olivo also. Am pretty sure he refused MiLB assignment at LA?

connfyoozed .
1 year 5 months ago

Correct.

sourbob
1 year 5 months ago

That’s the third team he’s left on bad terms, though. You really want to call that guy?

Kevin Treaccar
1 year 5 months ago

Tryouts like in the movie “Invincible?”

Ron Loreski
1 year 5 months ago

Can Mark Wahlberg handle 2B?

chrisenvy
1 year 5 months ago

Donny Murphy basically IS Mark Wahlberg

NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 5 months ago

I would say pastornicky is a possibility but I don’t know if the braves want to miss his bench bat or if the rangers would want his defense.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

is he going to be cut? Or are you talking about a trade?

NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 5 months ago

Possible trade, braves already pegged him as one of the final roster spots.

Brian Jud
1 year 5 months ago

Russell Wilson will save the day again!

(Or not.)

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

LOL.

Joe north
1 year 5 months ago

Brian Ward is an amazing catcher! CS 47%-52%

Maxxx Depth
1 year 5 months ago

They definitely need a backstop that can throw guys out. Forget the bat,we need the Defense.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

JP certainly is not very defensive minded. I still want to see Chirinos given a shot. I think he is capable.

Maxxx Depth
1 year 5 months ago

I’m hoping the change of scenery will do JP good..he murders the ball in Texas.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

well, he will be catching what may be one of the less exciting rotations I can recall. LOL.

George Vander Buist
1 year 5 months ago

Go get Maicer Izturis from the Jays and you get a backup middle infielder for a bag of balls and a lobster dinner

stl_cards16
1 year 5 months ago

Cardinals might as well give them Garcia since for some reason it seems he will never get a chance in St. Louis.

bighiggy
1 year 5 months ago

truly is sad, kid has game.

bighiggy
1 year 5 months ago

truly is sad, kid has game.

Matt Talbert
1 year 5 months ago

Ahem: There are several decent b/u catchers available – Hernandez makes a lot of sense. Eric Bedard was released by his team – could make a nice back end starter. As far as 2b go: maybe a trade with Seattle involving Nick Franklin (What about Odor?)-

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Odor needs a lot of work in the minors. No need to rush him for the first part of the season. Franklin to me would cost a lot for a temporary solution.

MadmanTX
1 year 5 months ago

Then we bite the bullet and go with Rosales at 2B until Profar comes back and find some guy to just play as Rosales’s backup–actually too bad they couldn’t convince MY to come back for 3-4 months out of retirement,

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

I would love MY back but I think he is content. At least at this point. His itch will come back but it may be too late. Rosales is an ugly proposition, but there isn’t much else in house. Lillabridge I thought was a solid idea but that doesn’t seem to be working out. Keeping Jeff Baker would have been nice but from what I have heard, he was a negative source in the clubhouse.

Chris Koch
1 year 5 months ago

Did Profar Die? He’s out for a couple months maybe 3…not for life? Profar/Andrus long term at 2b/ss there is no room for Franklin. He’s a long term everyday starter who when Profar returns now sits on the Bench. Franklin would cost way more than desired in prospects for. when he’s going to be a bench player.

David Kowalski
1 year 5 months ago

Matt Harrison is the Rangers sixth starter. The A’s have depth both at catcher and second base but suddenly need starting depth. Try to get John Jaso and Nick Punto for Harrison but settle for Stephen Vogt and Albereto Callaspo.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

No way they can afford to move Harrison who, when healthy, is the #3 guy.

Maxxx Depth
1 year 5 months ago

when healthy, he’s a #2 imo. A healthy Harrison for Donaldson is the only option and that’s far fetched. Donaldson to take over 3B duties in 2 years when Beltre hits the DH.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

I can agree with that #2 notion. I just don’t see the Rangers being in a position to trade him.

Anthony Turreto
1 year 5 months ago

To do what with Donaldson? Play him at catcher? He’s an above average defensive 3B now. The catcher ship has sailed.

Maxxx Depth
1 year 5 months ago

who mentioned Donaldson as a Catcher? I clearly said a Harrison trade would have to include Donaldson. Obviously this won’t happen so this is merely theoretical.

Dan Bowen
1 year 5 months ago

Donaldson was top 5 in WAR last year and he isn’t even arbitration eligible yet. It would take more than Harrison to land him.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Simply put, the Rangers would expect a Donaldson type and the A’s would kindly reject and expect more.

Maxxx Depth
1 year 5 months ago

i would cough up more than Harrison for sure. Dude is gonna be tough.

Trock
1 year 5 months ago

How do Rangers fans feel about a trade partner in the Cubs? I am sure they have a back up catcher that is expendable and Barney would be a great addition defensively/good bench guy when Profar comes back

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

I really think grabbing one of the released catchers makes more sense. Depending on the asking price for a backup catcher, I am not sure its a great idea. Barney would be a nice addition but at what cost would that come?

Trock
1 year 5 months ago

You are probably right on the catchers. But wouldn’t that also be fair to say about 2nd base too then? 10-12 weeks (although not a huge chunk of season) is a pretty fair amount and can make a big difference. I do not think Barney would cost a whole lot given his offensive struggles.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

I think overall, they will see what becomes available and will pay a fee versus a prospect, even if its a low level guy. But I would not totally rule out this from happening as you said it. I just don’t think Odor needs to be up yet but if they allow him to start, I can live with it. I don’t see Rosales as viable, Lillibridge I am not clear will make the team or not, but he doesn’t make one fill warm and fuzzy inside.

docmilo5
1 year 5 months ago

Odor isn’t on the 40 man. You put him on the 40 man and then you start his waiver clock. That reduces his years of team control.

stl_cards16
1 year 5 months ago

He could be sent back down when Profar is healthy to make sure he didn’t acquire a full year of service time. I can’t see the Rangers rushing him like that, though.

docmilo5
1 year 5 months ago

The fact is he’s not even on the 40 man at this time so no options are even necessary. He gets assigned to the minors this year, not optioned.

BlueCatuli
1 year 5 months ago

Cubs lack catching depth. Not a good trade partner there.

jwsox
1 year 5 months ago

I can’t see how the whitesox are not in the mix here. The sox have flowers of phegly that could be a solid platoon with JPA. And beckham or Ramirez should be moved because the amount of infielders the sox have in the minors that are ready to play in the bigs. Plus they will more than likely not cost much in a trade.

brian310
1 year 5 months ago

I’d rather trade Beckham and I think Texas would prefer him since he is making about half less than Alexei.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 5 months ago

I agree with brian…I would trade Gordon to Texas

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

and what should the Rangers trade in return?

MadmanTX
1 year 5 months ago

I mentioned Yorvit Torrealba yesterday, but I doubt he would want to come back on just a one year deal unless he starts the majority of the games–which he won’t since he’ll platoon with Arencibia. In retrospect, too bad the Rangers didn’t throw all those prospects at the Astros for Jason Castro last year instead of Matt Garza.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

hindsight’s 20-20 right?

MadmanTX
1 year 5 months ago

Always.

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

I think a guy nobody has mentioned in this post, Kelly Shoppach would be as good of a fit as Torrealba TX. Shoppach will control the running game, play good defense and give good power, neither Torrealba, or Shoppach is going to hit for average so might as well get someone who can at least hit for some power, but Shop is exactly like Arencibia.. Both of them will make you sick looking for anything other than K’s, HR and good defense.

MadmanTX
1 year 5 months ago

I could see that, but the reason I mention Torrealba over Shoppach or anybody else is the obvious one–Yorvit was a Ranger and knows most of the coaches and pitchers. It’s strictly a plus for familiarity.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Hey, my old JR High buddy Shoppach. He is looking for work, he is local, so I’d think your on to something.

Matt Galvin
1 year 5 months ago

Already in Farm system Alfaro give him a shot because he’s future.

sourbob
1 year 5 months ago

A Shoppach/Arencibia tandem could hit 35 HR… with 225 K and a .195 BA.

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Quit talking about Mark Reynolds with 162G played like that…

raymondrobertkoenig
1 year 5 months ago

The Cubs owe the Rangers a favorable trade or two, the 2 teams might be able to work out something more reasonable for Barney.

OldStyle_NewCubs
1 year 5 months ago

Or Valbuena at 2B. Plus a non-exciting but a pick from Kottaras/Whiteside/J Baker would be a solid stop-gap at both positions. A live arm in A/AA with a little upside in return might just get it done.

sourbob
1 year 5 months ago

Valbuena makes a ton of sense. 2B is his natural position, he’s had a great spring, and he’s being squeezed out at 3B in Chicago by Olt.

Anthony Turreto
1 year 5 months ago

Barney could be had for almost nothing.

Gnotorious
1 year 5 months ago

Braves have Laird and Ugla. Pick up most of Ugla’s salary and throw in a prospect and I think a deal could be made. Maybe Martinez or Asher.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Keep dreaming, no one is picking up “most of Ugla’s salary.”

Gnotorious
1 year 5 months ago

That’s fine, I’m sure the braves would eat some but it would cost a better prospect

k26dp
1 year 5 months ago

How about Uggla from some BBQ to be named later?

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

why would Texas want Uggla? The Rangers have already added plenty of salary this off-season.

k26dp
1 year 5 months ago

They shouldn’t. I just want BBQ.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

so what happens to Profar in 13 weeks? Is Beckham that low cost now days?

brian310
1 year 5 months ago

Maybe they can Beckham time at third too with Beltre DHing to keep him healthy. The Sox have a lot of guys coming up that play middle infield. I can’t really see the Sox commanding much for Beckham.

cjr45
1 year 5 months ago

As long as you do not expect it to be Franklins BBQ that is too good for Uggla.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Kevin Frandsen is now available.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 5 months ago

Catching issue semi-resolved.

Ron Loreski
1 year 5 months ago

Wait for Descalso to get DFA’d