The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos (pronounced cher-REE-nos) from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It is the first major league trade ever between the Rangers and Rays.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Chirinos, the club has designated left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Chirinos has been optioned to Round Rock (AAA).
Chirinos, 28, was designed for assignment on March 31 when the Rays set their Opening Day roster. He did not play in 2012 after the catcher suffered a concussion in spring training when a foul tip struck his mask. The Venezuela native played 6 games for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League and was 2-for-9 in 9 games with the Rays this spring. He split the 2011 campaign between Durham (AAA) and Tampa Bay, batting .218 (12-55) with one home run and 7 RBI in his only major league action to date.
Chirinos spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the Cubs organization from 2001-10 before he was acquired by the Rays in a trade involving pitcher Matt Garza on January 8, 2011.
Beliveau (pronounced bell-eh-VOH) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings yesterday vs. Omaha in his only appearance of the season for Round Rock (AAA). The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Beliveau to the minor leagues.
With these transactions, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.