Rangers retain Wilson, solidifying 2016 catching situation

Bobby Wilson chipped in nicely down the stretch for Texas in 2015. 

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In the final few months of the 2015 regular season, the Texas Rangers survived an injury to starting catcher Robinson Chirinos thanks to the duo of Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson – and both will now return to the club in 2016. 

Earlier this week the Rangers retained Wilson, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, which more or less solidifies their catching situation heading into next season. This comes after GM Jon Daniels admitted the club was potentially interested in making an upgrade behind the plate. The Rangers were linked to Milwaukee Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy in some trade rumors, but nothing has come of that yet.

Last season, Wilson came over to Texas from the Tampa Bay Rays and hit .221/.291/.325 in 31 games down the stretch. Fraley suggests that the Rangers could break spring training camp with Chirinos as the No. 1 catcher on the depth chart, Gimenez behind him and Wilson at Triple-A Round Rock in case either of the first two go down with injuries. 

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