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12/01/11 3:28 PM EST
Rangers ship Teagarden to Orioles
Club receives Class A pitcher, player to be named in return
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have traded catcher Taylor Teagarden to the Orioles for Class A pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later.
Henry, 21, was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of South Mountain Junior College in Phoenix. He pitched in 29 games at Class A last year and was 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA. In 52 2/3 innings, he struck out 40, allowed eight walks and gave up 48 hits.
He was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 20 appearances in the Class A South Atlantic League and 0-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine appearances in the Class A Carolina League. He missed time because of a sore elbow.
Teagarden spent parts of the last four seasons with the Rangers, playing in 118 games. He has a reputation for being strong defensively but never really hit at the Major League level and is out of options. He has a career .220 batting average with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in 392 plate appearances for the Rangers. He has a .286 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging percentage.
Teagarden was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2005 Draft out of the University of Texas. He hit .285 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 42 games at Triple-A Round Rock last season.
The Orioles were looking for a backup catcher for Matt Wieters. The Rangers are left with Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba as the only two catchers on their big league roster.