Orioles acquire catcher Teagarden from Rangers to backup Wieters

December 01, 2011 | WNST Staff

The Orioles already found their franchise catcher in Matt Wieters.

But with the demands of the position, you obviously need a quality backup behind Wieters to give him a break every four or five days behind the plate, and the Orioles addressed that concern today by trading for 27-year old Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers for two minor league players.

Teagarden, a third round pick in 2005, was once a highly-touted prospect for the Rangers. but at this point it is clear that the catcher with a .227 career batting average in 118 games over four seasons is a defensive-asset at the position.

He holds a .262 hitting mark in the minors, and the move was initiated after last year’s backup, Craig Tatum, was claimed on waivers by the Houston Astros days ago.

Teagarden was out of options for the Rangers.

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