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CBS wrote:MLB.com reports teams have inquired about acquiring Rangers C Gerald Laird, but Texas is playing coy about the whole situation. "We don't turn a deaf ear to anything, but we're not initiating any conversations," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. The Rangers have not named Laird their starting catcher over Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but all signs are pointing toward Laird being the opening day catcher. The team continues to explore lineup options, and it is believed that Laird will likely start behind the plate four to five times a week, while Saltalamacchia will catch the remaining days and DH.
Another school of thought for the Rangers is sending Saltalamacchia to Triple-A Oklahoma and work on his craft. He is raw defensively and still has to work on hitting left-handed pitchers. Those are two big reasons why the Rangers aren't ready to name Saltalamacchia their everyday catcher. It's going to be interesting to see what Texas decides. We still think they keep Salty in the majors and let him take as many at-bats as he can. Saltalamacchia is already considered a top 12 Fantasy catcher and should continue to be drafted in that regard.
ESPN wrote:Texas is still toying with the idea of keeping Saltalamacchia on the roster as the backup catcher and occasional DH, but it appears that Gerald Laird has won the catching battle behind the plate according to the team's web site.
Spin: Salty is a poor fit for a right-handed DH platoon partner for Frank Catalanotto given Salty's split stats last year; while he could back up Laird twice a week, it's easy to see that Texas would want him playing everyday at Triple-A instead. Salty's role is still far from defined, but he's looking at two starts a week at best at this point.
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