The Texas Rangers made a minor trade for a reliever who had been designated for assignment last week, and they could very well find another deal for a catcher who was DFA’d only Tuesday.
The Rangers sent cash Tuesday to the New York Yankees in exchange for right-hander Gonzalez Germen, who becomes a candidate for the Opening Day bullpen.
But the Rangers’ next move could be a deal with the Houston Astros for Carlos Corporan, who has been the Rangers’ No. 1 target to back up Robinson Chirinos at catcher.
Corporan was the odd man out on a catcher-heavy roster when the Astros needed a 40-man spot for outfielder Colby Rasmus, who agreed to a one-year deal. The Rangers had been eying Corporan before he was designated for assignment, but will face competition from other clubs seeking help behind the plate.
A return of Geovany Soto is the Rangers’ fallback plan should they miss out on acquiring Corporan.
The Rangers’ 40-man roster is full after acquiring Germen, who has a live arm and an effective changeup. He recorded 64 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings the past two seasons with the New York Mets, who had dealt him across town Dec. 19.
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