The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. To make room on their 40-man roster for Chirinos, the Rangers designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment, the team has announced.
Chirinos missed the entire 2012 season after sustaining a concussion. He made his major league debut for the club the previous year, hitting .218/.283/.309 with two doubles and one home run. The 28-year-old spent a majority of that season with Tampa Bay's Triple-A club, maintaining a batting line of .259/.343/.376 with 13 doubles and six home runs over 319 plate appearances.
Over 11 seasons in the minors, Chirinos owns a career line of .260/.350/.418.
Beliveau appeared in 22 games for the Cubs last season, posting an ERA of 4.58 over 17 2/3 innings. The Rangers claimed him off waivers in December.