Catcher remains high on club's priority list

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that the catching market is thin enough that he’s “not sure we’re going to have our long-term answer at catcher this offseason.”

Daniels acknowledged that there aren’t a bunch of options at the position, which is one reason the team is looking at its two catchers from 2012 – Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto.

The club met with Napoli on Wednesday and they must make a decision on whether to go through the arbitration process with Soto or non-tender him. Daniels said he had nothing to announce on Soto. The club could work out a deal with Soto before the 11 p.m. Friday deadline. If they don’t and the team decides to non-tender him, Soto would become a free agent.

But the Rangers go into the winter meetings in Nashville next week trying to figure out what they’re going to do at catcher. Napoli wants a multi-year deal, and he’s enjoyed his two seasons in Texas. Perhaps something can be worked out there. If not, the Rangers will do what they can in the free agent market or with trades.

“It’s a little bit of a game of musical chairs,” Daniels said. “There’s limited supply as far as guys available. We’re still looking at our options.”

A.J. Pierzynski is on the market. The Toronto Blue Jays have a surplus of catchers, including J.P. Arencibia and John Buck, so maybe the two sides could hook up on a trade. But catcher remains a question mark as the meetings begin and something the club has high on its priority list.