The Texas Rangers announced today that they acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It's the first major-league trade between the Rangers and Rays.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, left-hander Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment.
The Rays designated Chirinos for assignment on March 31. The 28-year-old backstop missed all of last season after suffering a concussion in spring training. He reached the majors in 2011, batting .218 with one home run and seven RBIs in 55 at-bats with the Rays.
Chirinos will report to Triple A Round Rock.
Beliveau is at Triple A Round Rock and the Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright him back to the minor leagues. With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.
-- Drew Davison