Do the Astros need to trade a catcher?
The Astros have four catchers on their roster after dealing for Evan Gattis on Wednesday. Yes, Gattis can play left field and is projected to start there this season, but that still leaves the club with three other options behind the plate: Jason Castro, Hank Conger and Carlos Corporan.
The Astros have discussed trading Corporan to the Rangers, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. The club would prefer to move Corporan instead of Castro or Conger, according to the report.
Castro was an All-Star in 2013 and Conger was acquired from the Angels earlier this offseason. So it makes sense that Corporan appears to be the odd man out in Houston.
Corporan, 31, hit .235 with six home runs in 55 games last year. He agreed to a one-year deal worth $975,000 for the 2015 season on Thursday to avoid salary arbitration.
The Rangers’ current options at catcher include Robinson Chirinos, Tomas Telis and Jorge Alfaro.
— Austin Laymance