Teagarden has been on fire. 5 homeruns already in like 30 at bats and hes great defensively.
Anyway, as someone who checks rangers news multiple times per day, Ill give the breakdown as I see it.
Davis: 100% lock to start everyday. 3b or 1b is up in the air though.
Cat: Has shown no problem with his role, at least publicly. Very likely a bench guy and injury reserve.
Blalock: Big decision on if they pick up his option. If he is on the team he will start, probably at 1b, but we will see if they decide to keep him.
Max: The rangers do not appear to consider him for the longterm C role given their options. If Bradley is not re-signed, Max will very likely be given a real shot at the everyday DH and backup C role. If bradley is retained, he would likely go to AAA for at least the start of 09.
Catcher.. is complicated. You cant look at each player individually really. I think it is very very likely a trade will be made. Laird has openly complained several times about playing time, and said he thinks he will be traded. I think its pretty likely if anyone buys into laird as an everyday catcher and gives decent value. Catching FA options are slim, so maybe. Teagarden has impressed greatly in his MLB debut. Salty... I dont think the rangers are worried about his offense, but if they have to choose between him and teagarden, I think they go with teagarden.
But teagarden is also a viable trade option, the redsox were said to like him a lot at the deadline, and maybe his offensive showing in his mlb debut will increase that interest
Bottom line I think one of the catchers is traded and the situation becomes, obviously, clearer.
scenario 1: Laird is traded, salty and teagarden compete for starting job. I give the edge to teagarden, with salty backing up and perhaps finding some time at DH.
scenario 2: Salty is traded, competition between laird and teagarden. I think laird would be favored with teagarden getting a little more playing time than your average backup.
scenario 3: Teagarden is traded, competition between laird and salty. Ditto above.
Anyway fantasy wise im sure it will become more clear by draft time, a trade pretty much has to happen.