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December 05, 2011

Orioles have become landing spot for former Rangers

Asked about the possibility of adding veteran catcher Jason Varitek to serve as the backup next season, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter quickly shot it down.

Showalter and the Orioles are confident that they have their No. 2 catcher in Taylor Teagarden. The Orioles acquired Teagarden from the Rangers last week, and have become a landing spot for several players brought up through the Texas organization.

Currently, Baltimore has eight players on its 40-man roster with ties to Texas (Teagarden, Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, Clay Rapada, Willie Eyre, Pedro Strop and Zach Phillips).

Showalter joked that it could be nine if the Orioles add former Rangers coach DeMarlo Hale to their staff, assuming Hale doesn’t remain the Red Sox bench coach under Bobby Valentine.

-- Drew Davison

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