Suzuki could be Soto’s partner as Rangers catching duo

With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014.

Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past season. Suzuki is considered an excellent defensive catcher who handles pitchers well. He also has occasional power at the plate. He became a free agent after the Athletics declined a club option and Texas could be his next stop.

The Rangers re-signed Soto to be their No. 1 catcher but are still in the market for a backup. Catchers appear to be going fast as A.J. Pierzynski is headed to the Red Sox and the Blue Jays have signed Dioner Navarro. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is looking at a multi-year deal, possibly with the Marlins.

There isn’t much left beyond Suzuki, who the Rangers know well from his time with the Athletics. John Buck is also a free agent.

8 Comments

T.R. – why in the world did we not even attempt to keep AJ?

Seriously? This is part of JD’s plan to get us back to the playoffs? He better bring in something to knock my socks off or I’m going to be livid.

Suzuki as backup … that would work.

Alfaro needs one more year in the minors.

I think its time for a new manager. JD is not working at all. Teams everywhere are active right now. All the good players are getting signed and JD is just sitting there doing nothing. He doesnt want to spend. Then how do you get good players and make a team a playoff contender? JD is giving away too much talent. Here goes another dissapointing off-season. Im very dissapointed in this team and its General manager. Right now, theres a very dissapointed ranger nation. Jon, hopefully this gets to you. Take time to read comments on the rangers from fans and you will see.

Keep going JD. … Some of these moves should have been made lasr year; but there were complications to deal with.

If they don’t think Robinson Chirnos can handle the backup then Suzuki is about as good as any available veteran. Soto can catch over a 100 games. He may never get back to where he was when he first came up but given regular playing time could very well hit 20 homers.

Had forgotten about Chirinos; stays in good shape ,,, has talent, and can hit.

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