Rangers get some catching insurance
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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