The Rangers have signed pitcher Martin Perez to a four-year contract through 2017. The contract also contains club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington said Geovany Soto is going to be the No. 1 catcher.
“He is our guy,” Washington said.
The Rangers will look for either a backup or a second catcher with the offensive ability to play another position, possibly designated hitter.
Maybe that’s Brian McCann, maybe not. Hard to believe McCann would sign with the Rangers if he is not the No. 1 guy.
Stay tuned but right now Geovany Soto, like the University of Alabama football team, is No. 1
the Rangers have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a one year contract worth approximately $3 million plus incentives. The Rangers will still look for more catching help but Soto does give them at least one option.
The Rangers have extended Nelson Cruz a qualifying offer for $14.1 million. He has until next Monday to accept. He is likely looking for a multi-year contract.
Pitcher Martin Perez has been named the Rangers Rookie of the Year for 2013. He was 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts. Other award winners will be announced later.
General manager Jon Daniels said Triple A manager Bobby Jones will join the Rangers coaching staff. Daniels said there is a good chance that Steve Buechele will move from Double A Frisco to Round Rock as Triple A manager. Jones could be either the first base coach or the seventh coach on the bench. The Rangers are looking for a coach who can help with their catching instruction. Minor League catching coordinator Hector Ortiz is highly regarded by manager Ron Washington.
Joe Nathan is a free agent. He has voided the option for 2014. The Rangers picked up the option but he voided it