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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)

    One of the biggest talking points of the Rangers' offseason just won't go away.

    The Rangers have been linked to big-named catchers throughout the offseason and now that we're a few weeks away from Opening Day, the chatter is still out there surrounding the Rangers and some available catchers such as Derek Norris and most notably Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy.

    The Rangers won the AL West last year Robinson Chirinos as the No. 1 catcher. He was backed up by Chris Gimenez and when Chirinos missed more than a month, he was replaced on the active roster by Bobby Wilson.

    And the Rangers won the division. So it can be done, but upgrading behind the plate would be a huge boost, and guys like Lucroy and Norris would do just that.

    But the asking price is apparently too rich for Rangers' GM Jon Daniels' liking, and he told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan that he's content with the Rangers' current situation behind the plate.

    "At this point I anticipate both our catchers are in camp," Daniels said. "We are open if there is a true improvement to the team, but we're not going to change for change's sake."

    Chirinos is a lock to make the roster, whether it's as the starter or as a backup to a yet-to-be-made acquisition. If Chirinos is the frontline guy, Gimenez would be the likely fit at backup, but it's still a competition with the solid play of Brett Nicholas this spring.