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12-08-2008, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Chad_ View Post
Laird needs to be out of the picture. He's a sub-par receiving catcher and Teagarden is the real deal behind the plate, if he can stay healthy. If he can hit above .240, all the better. Salty is even improving his arm and he's already a better caller than Laird.
You get your wish.

LAS VEGAS -- The Rangers have acquired Minor League pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo from the Tigers for catcher Gerald Laird.

Moscoso is a 25-year-old right-hander from Venezuela who was 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 21 games, including 12 starts, between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie this past season. Moscoso, who can both start and pitch in relief, is 2-1 with an 8.36 ERA in eight games in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Melo, 17, is a 6-foot-3 right-hander from the Dominican Republic who has yet to pitch in the United States. He was 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 14 games in the Dominican Summer League with 61 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49 innings. The report on him is that he has an "electric" fastball.

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