The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later from Baltimore in exchange for catcher Taylor Teagarden.
Henry, 21, went a combined 4-3 with 2 saves and a 2.22 ERA (13 ER/52.2 IP) over 29 relief appearances for Delmarva (A) and Frederick (High-A) in the Orioles system last season. He recorded 40 strikeouts against 8 walks. Originally selected by Baltimore in the fourth round of the 2009 June draft, Henry has gone 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA (28 ER/75.2 IP) over 40 relief outings in his first two professional seasons (2010-11). The Oklahoma native was drafted out of South Mountain Community College in Arizona. He had two stints on the minor league disabled list in 2010 with right elbow inflammation.
Teagarden, who turns 28 on December 21, had four stints with the Rangers in 2011: April 20-May 6; May 18-23; June 12- July 3; July 28-Aug. 23. He did not join the club in September and was not on any of the Rangers’ postseason rosters. He batted .235 (8-34) with 2 doubles and 2 RBI over 14 games with Texas in 2011 and spent the rest of the year at Round Rock (AAA). He batted .285 (43-151) with 12 home runs, 4 doubles, 3 triples, and 22 RBI in 42 games for the Express. The Carrollton native was originally selected by Texas in the third round of the 2005 June draft, and has spent his entire seven-year professional career in the Rangers organization.
Henry does not go on the 40-man roster, and has been assigned from the Orioles’ Delmarva roster to Myrtle Beach (High- A). With this trade, the Rangers now have 37 players on the club’s 40-man roster.