The Astros announced that the Rangers claimed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers on Monday. That creates an opening on the Astros’ 40-man roster. The Rangers’, meanwhile, have 38 players on their roster.
Centeno, 28, appeared in 22 games for the Astros this past season, batting a paltry .231/.286/.346. He will provide catching depth for the Rangers behind Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas.
Centeno won’t be eligible for arbitration until next offseason and won’t become eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.
Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”
Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.
It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.