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Friday, November 5, 2010
Rangers catcher on list of MLB holes to fill

By Richard Durrett

Baseball Prospectus put together a list of the five biggest hole to fill in MLB. And at No. 5 sits a catcher for the Rangers (also listed: 3B for the Angels, 1B for the Mariners, C for the Astros and 2B for the New York Mets).

Here's what the blog entry said about the Rangers:
Remember when, not long ago, the Rangers supposedly had the best catching depth in baseball? Well, they won their first American League pennant this year with no offensive help from their backstops. Journeyman Matt Treanor took over after Jarrod Saltalamacchia was injured in the early days of the season but had a minus-7.3 VORP and a .221 TAv in 272 plate appearances. Then the Rangers acquired Bengie Molina from the Giants in a July 1 trade, but his numbers weren't appreciably better: minus-3.8, .222 in 195 PA. The new ownership group headed by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan plans to increase the payroll substantially this winter and a good place to start would be signing a free-agent catcher who can hit, whether it be Victor Martinez at the high end or A.J. Pierzynski or at least John Buck.