The Rangers’ annual mid-winter mini-camp for pitchers and position players welcomed Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday, a day that started with the acquisition of catcher Carlos Corporan from Houston.
The Astros received right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick, a former second-round pick, from the Rangers, who addressed a glaring need. Corporan, who was designated for assignment Tuesday by the catching-heavy Astros, will serve as the backup to Robinson Chirinos.
“It’s always tough to give up young talent, but Carlos fills a need for us,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’s a good compliment to Chirinos and a guy who should help our pitching staff.”
Corporan, 31, has never caught more than 64 games, but he has a good arm, is a good receiver of the ball and has some pop at the plate. He was the Rangers’ No. 1 target after the catching market thinned out, and the deal was completed in principal a few days ago.
Gallardo figures to throw to Corporan at some point this season. Gallardo threw with the pitchers at Globe Life Park and plans to be on a mound at some point next week for the first time this off-season.
The Fort Worth resident is still beaming about the opportunity to pitch for his hometown team.
“Growing up here in Texas, living in Fort Worth all my life, it’s definitely a dream to have the opportunity to play for a team like the Rangers,” Gallardo said. “Now I have that opportunity, and I can’t wait. I can’t wait for it to get underway, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760