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 was one of several players recently designated for assignment by the Rays in order to make room on the roster for Jamey Wright, Juan Carlos Oviedo and Shelley Duncan.
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.