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January 22, 2010

Rangers add C Toby Hall; sale update

As general manager Jon Daniels again suggested could happen earlier this week, the Rangers have signed a catcher to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp. Toby Hall, 34, missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he is expected to be at full strength when spring training opens.

Hall has a .262 career average with 46 homers and 269 RBI in 686 games with Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He has thrown out 28 percent of would-be base stealers, a figure that ranks four among active catchers with 600 games played from 2000 to 2009.

The Rangers had been in the market for a catcher since last month, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia suffered some arm fatigue while coming back from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Saltalamacchia has resumed workouts and is on a throwing program, and has no concerns about being at full strength for the start of the spring training and definitely the regular season.

Hall gives the Rangers depth for the spring but will compete for a big-league roster spot with Saltamacchia and Taylor Teagarden. Max Ramirez, Emerson Frostad and Kevin Richardson will also be in big-league camp.

The sale of the Rangers continues with expectations that something could be finalized today. So far, a final agreement is still being negotiated.

-- Jeff Wilson

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