Robinson Chirinos will have some competition at catcher in Spring Training as the Rangers this morning acquired Carlos Corporan from the Astros.
The deal, for minor-league pitcher Akeem Bostick, gives the Rangers two solid backstops a month ahead of the catchers and pitchers reporting to Surprise, Arizona.
Corporan, 30, is a career .226 hitter over four years with the Astros. Always a backup in Houston, he hit 17 homers in 594 at-bats and threw out 23 percent of attempted base-stealers.
In 93 games last season Chirinos hit .239 with 13 homers while throwing out 40 percent of base-stealers.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.