According to Jon Heyman, the Rays have traded Robinson Chirinos to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. Chirinos was designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Jamey Wright and Shelley Duncan.
Chirinos follows in the footsteps of fellow catcher Stephen Vogt who was also traded after being designated for assignment. Vogt was sent to the Oakland A’s.
On the surface, the move seems risky for a team that employs 37-year-old Jose Molina as their main catcher and for a team that has struggled in their efforts to find a good young catcher. Even if the Rays were hoping to sneak one or both through waivers, they had to know there was a risk in losing both players.
So maybe more importantly, these moves tell us the Rays have enough confidence in Chris Gimenez to be the third-stringer
when if Molina or Jose Lobaton needs some time on the disabled list.
Ultimately, most teams need just three catchers over the course of a season. And next winter, the Rays can go back to Chasing Buster Posey.