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Catcher Important, but Rangers Likely Won't Go Big

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides home safely before catcher Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Last year, the Rangers went cheap and unheralded for one of the most important spots on the diamond, and it worked.

    This year, the Rangers know they probably can't count on things coming together so nicely at catcher again after they struck gold in 2015 with a combination of Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson, among others.

    As of now, only Chirinos and Gimenez remain on the 40-man roster, but there is a pretty obvious stance they will be looking to add more depth there this winter.

    Last year, the Rangers' catchers combined to hit .222 (nothing to be excited about) but did hit 19 homers and drive in 75 runs, two numbers seen as better than average on the MLB scale.

    Obviously, the Rangers would love to make a move to get Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy, the trade market's big star at catcher, but that's not realistic, as The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant speculated.

    Instead, it seems the Rangers might be going with Chirinos as the No. 1 guy again while also trying to bring in a lower-profile guy off the free agent or trade market and hold on to Gimenez for depth purposes.