HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Astros continued their offseason wheeling and dealing when they traded backup catcher Carlos Corporan to the Rangers Wednesday for minor-league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick.
Bostick was the Rangers’ second-round choice in 2013. After a 2013 season in rookie ball where he had a 4-1 record with a 2.83 ERA, Bostick spent last season at Class-A Hickory, going 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA in 21 games. He struck out 64 and walked 28 in 92 innings.
The Astros had designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday to create room on the 40-man roster for the newly-signed Colby Rasmus. Corporan spent the last four years with the Astros and saw his role grow especially in the last two seasons. Last year, in 55 games, Corporan batted .235 with six home runs and 19 RBI. In 64 games in 2013, Corporan batted .225 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. His value did extend past that. Corporan was viewed as one of the leaders in a young Astros locker room.
As it stands right now, the Astros’ catching situation for 2015 looks to be manned by Jason Castro and Hank Conger.