Orioles get Teagarden for minor leaguer Henry and a player to be named (Viola designated)
The Orioles have acquired catcher Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named, who is also expected to be a low-level minor leaguer.
The 27-year-old Teagarden is a former third-round pick who has batted .220 in 350 major league at-bats spread over four seasons with the Rangers. He will be added to the 40-man roster and is expected to be the club’s backup catcher to begin the season. He is out of options.
The Orioles had no other catcher on the 40-man roster behind Matt Wieters.
Teagarden was drafted by Texas in 2005 while Orioles manager Buck Showalter managed the Rangers, and he is quite familiar with the defensive-minded backstop who played in just 14 games in the big leagues last year.
Teagarden, once a Rangers top prospect, is known as a good defensive catcher with strong makeup and a good arm, but scouts question whether he’ll ever hit in the majors. He is a career .262 hitter with a .376 on-base percentage in six minor league seasons.
Henry was 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 40 games, all in relief, in two seasons in the Orioles’ organization, but he was limited by injuries. An Oklahoman, he was the club’s fourth-round pick in 2009 out of an Arizona junior college.
The Orioles likely will not name the other player involved until after next week's Rule 5 draft.
The team designated left-hander Pedro Viola for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Teagarden.