The Rangers signed catcher Adam Moore to a minor league deal and invited him to major league camp, per John Blake, the team’s Executive VP of Communications (via Twitter). Moore passed his physical this morning, making the deal official, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Twitter). The Rangers now have 66 players in camp from whom they will eventually form their 25-man Opening Day roster.
Moore joins a relatively deep corps of prospective backstops vying for the backup job in Texas. Jeff Mathis has a loose hold on starter’s minutes as of now, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jett Bandy, Tony Sanchez and Jose Trevino also in the room. Kiner-Falefa presented a decent showing in 2018, batting .261/.325/.357 while splitting time behind the plate and in the infield, primarily at second and third. Mathis has a strong defensive reputation, of course, but if this group remains as is, it would be one of the weaker prospective catching teams in the majors.
Moore has seen time on major league rosters in 9 of the last 10 seasons, but only once has he passed the double digit mark – back in 2010, he hit .195/.230/.283 in 218 plate appearances for the Mariners. Moore has also appeared for the Royals, Padres, Indians and Rays. Moore, 34, is used to seeing regular time in Triple A, where he spent the majority of last season. For the Rays’ top affiliate, Moore hit an uninspired .219/.260/.347. Given his struggles with the stick, Moore is likeliest to play a similar role in Texas if he stays with the club past Spring Training.