It didn’t take the Texas Rangers long to replace Taylor Teagarden on the depth chart. One day after shipping their number three catcher to Baltimore, the Rangers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Dusty Brown to a minor league deal.
Brown appeared in 11 games for the Pirates in 2011 and had appeared in a total of 14 games for the Red Sox in the previous two seasons. While he hasn’t had any success at the plate in the big leagues, the 29-year-old did produce a .285/.367/.506 line in 199 plate appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis last season.
It’s not an exciting move, or a flashy one, but Brown gives the Rangers an emergency backup catcher and does so without taking up a 40-man roster spot. This move was necessary to provide insurance in case Mike Napoli or Yorvit Torrealba were to sustain an injury. If those two stay healthy, Brown won’t leave Round Rock.