Houston, with it's glut of catchers, appears to be in talks with Texas about veteran backstop Carlos Corporan, according to the Chronicle's Evan Drellich.
While Corporan, a defense-first (or only, for the most part) catcher, wouldn't bring a wonderful return. he's simply expendable at this point. Castro and Conger are both starting-quality players on their defense alone, and Castro is less than three years removed from an All-Star campaign. Max Stassi, a solid prospect, is also in the fold. And even Gattis, who isn't sound enough to be worth a large amount of playing time behind the dish, figures to fill in on occasion.
Stassi can remain in the minors. Gattis can play elsewhere. One of either Castro, Conger or Corporan had to go, and it appears the weakest link will be the one voted out. In four seasons with Houston, Corporan has played in 198 games, hitting .224/.285/.349 with 17 homers. He would provide a good clubhouse presence on a veteran club like Texas, with strong receiving skills and a touch of pop from both sides of the plate.
Houston should expect no more than a mid-level prospect or two for him; at best, a return along the lines of the package received for Humberto Quintero could happen. Quintero and Jason Bourgeois, you may remember, netted the Astros D'Andre Toney and Kevin Chapman. Chapman seemed to turn a corner in 2014 after a great stint in AAA.
What would you want in a package from the Rangers? Any hesitation trading with the Astros' division?