Rays Trade Robinson Chirinos to the Rangers | The Process Report

Rays Trade Robinson Chirinos to the Rangers

The Rays have traded Robinson Chirinos to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to MLB.com‘s transaction tracker.

Chirinos entered last spring vying for a spot on the 25-man roster. He then suffered a concussion that ended his season and changed his fortunes. Once the most promising backstop in the system, Chirinos found himself as the odd-man out this spring. Now with the Rangers Chirinos will have to smooth out his defense and continue to hit in order to carve out a big-league career. In some respects Chirinos, who turns 29 in June, has already beat the odds. A late-career move to behind the plate afforded him the opportunity to play in the majors; that opportunity likely never arises without the change. Perhaps the same will be said one day about this change.

As a side note: Texas’ involvement is humorous in one regard. Peter Gammons reported the Rangers were willing to acquire Chirinos from the Cubs then flip him to the Rays in a Matt Garza trade shortly after the Rays and Cubs consummated their deal.

The Chirinos and Vogt trades have thinned the Rays’ upper-minors catching depth to the point where Craig Albernaz is Durham’s backup. The Rays could opt to sign a veteran to back up Chris Gimenez, or perhaps promote someone like the defensively strong Mark Thomas up the chain.

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