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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A word from manager Ron Washington on the Rangers catching position:
"It's open," Washington said Thursday as pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training.
The Rangers have six catchers in camp but two will compete for the starting job. In one corner is Gerald Laird, who was the Opening Day catcher in 2007, and in the other corner is Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a switch-hitting top prospect who is entering his first full season in the Major Leagues.
That is, if he makes the team. This will likely be the most competitive position battle in camp.
"That's what they told me, it's time to come in here and win a job," said Saltalamacchia, who was acquired from the Braves on July 31. "That's why I worked so hard in the offseason. I came out here a couple of times and to Texas a couple of times, doing a lot more extra work on my defense."
A year ago there was no doubt that Laird would be the starting catcher. But that was before his batting average went from .296 in 2006 to .224 last season while trying to be a leader behind the plate for a struggling, injury-ravaged pitching staff.
"I know I can hit," Laird said. "I had a rough year last year but I hit the year before. I guess I need to be more vocal with the pitchers, get to know them better and those guys in the strike zone. I feel I put my time in and have taken every step. I had a bad year last year and there's room for improvement. For me to have to earn a job, it's kind of ridiculous but I'll do whatever I have to do."
Clearly Saltalamacchia needs to improve his defense. He was just 1-of-17 throwing out basestealers over the past two months after being acquired from the Braves. He split time between catcher and first base but the Rangers now want him to concentrate strictly on catching.
"That's what I want to do," Saltalamacchia said. "My No. 1 love is catching. I just love it. If I played first base for a few years I'd probably love it too but I love to catch. I love to get beat up."
Laird, 29, has the edge in experience and defense. But the Rangers like Saltalamacchia's bat and feel he can be a competitive advantage for them once he masters the defensive nuances as well as working with a pitching staff.
He's not guaranteed a job. The Rangers have veterans Chris Stewart and Adam Melhuse in camp. If the Rangers feel Laird should be the No. 1 guy, Saltalamacchia could start the season in Triple-A Oklahoma refining his game.
"Let's just wait until we get into games," Washington said. "Right now we just want to get them into shape and get them ready to play."