UPDATE: Done deal. Connolly says the Rangers are getting minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later for Teagarden.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have been talking to the Rangers about catcher Taylor Teagarden as they search for a new backup for Matt Wieters.
Teagarden is out of minor-league options and seemingly not part of the Rangers’ plans, so it could be a good fit.
His stock has declined considerably over the past couple seasons, but Teagarden is still just 27 years old and has always been a strong defensive catcher with some pop at the plate. Unfortunately he’s hit just .220 with a ghastly .286 on-base percentage and 142/29 K/BB ratio in 392 plate appearances as a big leaguer.
Connolly notes that Orioles manager Buck Showalter was the Rangers’ manager back when they drafted Teagarden in 2005, so presumably he recommended him as a target. Texas’ asking price figures to be pretty modest.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.