MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers Targeting Toronto Blue Jays Catchers?

By Ryan Gaydos
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Blue Jays have a bit of a catching dilemma brewing in the organization. The team has J.P. Arencibia, John Buck and top prospect Travis d’Arnaud all vying for the starting spot in the 2013 Blue Jays roster. There could be a team to take one of those catchers off the Blue Jays’ hands. That team is the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers are in need of a catcher, as they will not be pursuing free agent catcher Mike Napoli. The Rangers have already been targeting Arencibia and Buck to possibly help their team. The Rangers acquired Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs during the middle of the season, but his poor performance is making him a non-tender candidate.

The Blue Jays have the extra catcher because they acquired Buck in the 12-team trade with the Miami Marlins. Buck is projected to be the backup catcher behind Arencbia, with d’Arnaud starting the season in the minors. However, Buck did not have a great season with the Marlins in 2012, but did bat .281 with 20 homers prior to joining the Marlins. He was on the Blue Jays then.

Texas has also been connected to catcher Russell Martin as well. Martin is coming off two seasons with the New York Yankees. Martin will probably be paid in the Yadier Molina (four year, $70 million) and Miguel Montero (five year, $60 million) range but no team is going to over pay to get him.

Martin batted .224/.317/.405 with 39 home runs and 118 RBI in the two seasons with the Yankees.

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