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Rangers claim catcher Konrad Schmidt off waivers from Diamondbacks

Schmidt played in eight games over two separate seasons with Arizona.

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Rangers have added some depth at the catcher position. With Mike Napoli testing the free agent waters, Texas went to the waiver wire to acquire a back up:

Schmidt has spent his entire career in the Diamondbacks organization. He played four games for Arizona in 2010 and four more in 2012 going without a hit last season. He did have a good year with the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces. He hit .338/.413/.750 while belting seven home runs and driving in 47 runs. He was also named a PCL All-Star in 2011.

Napoli played in 108 games for the Rangers last year, hitting .227/.343/.469 with 24 home runs and 56 runs batted in. The Rangers also have Geovany Soto on the roster who they acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs at last year's trade deadline. The former National League Rookie of the Year hit .196/.253/.338 in 47 games with Texas, including five home runs.

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