Rangers get some catching insurance

January, 22, 2010
1/22/10
3:01
PM CT
The Rangers signed catcher Toby Hall to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training on Friday.

This does give the club some insurance. Hall has played in nearly 700 games and certainly knows what it takes to manage a pitching staff behind the plate. He's had health issues recently, including missing all of 2009 with surgery for a torn labrum. So he's willing to take a minor-league deal with the hopes that he can prove he's healthy during spring training.

This is a backup plan should Jarrod Saltalamacchia have issues. Saltalamacchia, so far, is progressing fine as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

The Rangers, with a few weeks left until spring training, have taken care of all of their immediate needs.

Do you think Saltalamacchia will start in 2010? Will Taylor Teagarden be his backup?

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