The MLB Opening Day is less than three weeks away, but the Texas Rangers are looking at the trade market for an extra catcher. According to several MLB sources, the Rangers are interested in Derek Norris of the San Diego Padres and Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Evan Grant of Dallas Morning reported that Texas will likely trade for Norris. The 27-year-old will not cost the Rangers many prospects and has a lower salary compared to the Lucroy. Norris will earn $2.9 million this season and is under club control until 2018.
In his first season with the Padres last year, he batted .250 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 147 games. ESPN reported that San Diego may be open to trading Norris as the team has two young catchers waiting for the opportunity to play, Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges.
However, the Brewers catcher is the better player of the two but can become a free agent after the 2016 season because of his club option. He was an All-Star in 2014 and came in fourth in the NL MVP voting in the same year.
In six MLB seasons, Lucroy has a career batting average of .282 with 66 home runs and 337 RBIs. Last year, he missed 59 games due to various injuries that could affect his trade value.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rangers are still linked with the 29-year-old catcher but other MLB teams such as the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics have also expressed interest on Lucroy.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 14, 2016
Nevertheless, Grant noted in his report that Rangers are happy with Robinson Chirinos as their starting catcher. The backup spot will be decided before Opening Day with Chris Gimenez, Michael McKenry and Bobby Wilson as the candidates.
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