The Rangers have claimed 28-year old righty swinging catcher Konrad Schmidt off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Schmidt played in 4 games for the D-Backs last year and he was 0 for 7 (.000 avg, .125 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. He also played in 93 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 92 of 332 (.277 avg, .750 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 7 homers, 47 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Schmidt has now played in 8 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 1 for 15 (.067 avg, .243 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Schmidt will get a shot to battle for the backup catcher job next spring for the Rangers.