Rangers sign catcher Toby Hall
The Rangers have signed catcher Toby Hall to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He has played in 686 games mostly with the Rays and White Sox and gives the Rangers some depth at catcher.
He was the Rays starting catcher from 2002-2006. He was traded to the Dodgers during the 2006 season and was the White Sox backup catcher in 2007-08. He missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Hall has a career .262 average with 46 home runs and 269 RBI over 686 big league games with Tampa Bay (2000-06), Los Angeles (2006), and Chicago-AL (2007-08). He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the ninth round of the 1997 June draft, and was in the Rays organization for the first 10 years of his professional career. He still holds the Tampa Bay record with 5 Opening Day starts behind the plate.
In his career, Hall has thrown out 28.0% (118-for-421) of attempted base stealers, the 4th-highest figure among all American League catchers with at least 600 games from 2000-09. The only catchers with better figures in that span are Ivan Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, and Bengie Molina.