Rangers close to re-signing backup catcher Matt Treanor

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Texas has switched starting catchers, letting Bengie Molina walk as a free agent and signing Yorvit Torrealba to replace him, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are sticking with Matt Treanor as their backup.

General manager Jon Daniels told Sullivan that “we’re pretty confident Matt is coming back.”

Treanor got a career-high 272 plate appearances this year, but hit just .211 with a .595 OPS. He’s a career .227 hitter with a .621 OPS, so the Rangers clearly don’t care about his offense and are presumably planning to give 100-plus starts to Torrealba.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.