T.R. Sullivan's latest winter meetings preview talks about some of the strengths and weaknesses of the current Rangers roster, and touches on a few different players that the team could seek to move, including ...
Who they can or need to trade:
C Yorvit Torrealba: He split time with Mike Napoli last season, but clearly was the backup in September and the playoffs. If the Rangers commit to Napoli as their full-time catcher, they will probably look to move Torrealba.
Which is all fine and good -- except that Napoli has never started more than 84 games behind the plate in any given season (including 2011, when he started 57 regular-season games and 15 post-season games behind the plate), and couldn't reasonably be expected to start more than 90-95 games behind the plate next season from April through October.
Assuming that this thing goes to the playoffs again next season, you're talking about some 70-plus games of catching duties that wouldn't be covered if Texas opted to deal Torrealba (and his not unreasonable $3.25 million salary), given that Taylor Teagarden was also just shipped out of the organization yesterday.
So, here's a poll for you all to decide who should be the Rangers' backup catcher in the event that Sullivan's prediction actualizes and Torrealba is shipped out of town: