The Texas Rangers have signed catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract, the team announced today. Rupp had been released by the Philadelphia Phillies on March 26, 2018.
Rupp, 29, is a Dallas native you attended the University of Texas at Austin, and was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. Rupp has spent parts of five seasons in the majors, including the majority of the past three seasons, and has a .234/.298/.407 career slash line in 1127 plate appearances.
The Rangers have been linked to Rupp for a while, dating back to spring training and before he was released by the Phillies. Texas currently has Juan Centeno backing up starter Robinson Chirinos, and there’s some thought that Rupp might be an upgrade. The question with Rupp is whether his defense would be good enough to supplant Centeno as the primary backup to Chirinos.
Rupp would reportedly receive $1 million under his deal if he ends up in the majors.