2016 Texas Rangers Wish List

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#1- Catcher

The catching trio of Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez and Carlos Corporan was not exactly a strong point to the 2015 Texas Rangers season. The Rangers will surely be on the look out for catching help. Chirinos is the starter at the moment. He started 70 games last season hitting, .232 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs. At the age of 31, he is not the answer long-term behind the dish.

There are already rumors that the Rangers would be very interested in Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters if he isn’t given a qualifying offer by the O’s before hitting free agency. The Rangers would rather not give up a high draft selection for Wieters. He is returning from Tommy John surgery, but has a very high upside for a backstop. He might be a perfect fit for the Rangers if the O’s decide to move on from Wieters.

The need as catcher is very evident for the Rangers as they have no immediate help on the way in the farm system either. Jose Trevino is their highest ranked catcher but he is still in High A-Ball. The 22-year-old catcher hit .262 last season with 14 homers and 63 RBIs but is viewed as a few seasons away from being Major League ready.

If the Rangers want a catcher of the future they could strike a deal with the San Diego Padres. The Padres have Austin Hedges and Derek Norris behind the plate, and there are whispers that the team could move one of them for upgrades. Alex Avila is also a free agent and could be of interest to the Rangers. Dioner Navarro is also another free agent catcher that might be an upgrade for the team. One way or another the team will find an upgrade. This will be a top priority for the Rangers.

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