In need of some Triple-A depth, the Reds acquired former big leaguer Mark Teahen from the Diamondbacks for cash or a player to to be named later.
Teahen was a regular for the Royals from 2005-2009 and signed a three-year, $14 million deal after being traded the White Sox, only to get dumped on the Blue Jays and then released last winter. He’s bounced around since, didn’t play in the big leagues at all last season, and has struggled at Triple-A recently, so even though he’s still just 31 years old Teahen is little more than a name at this point.
Once upon a time Teahen hit .287 with an .809 OPS in 253 games between 2006 and 2007, which was pretty promising for a 25-year-old former first-round pick, but he’s played just 448 games with a .705 OPS since.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.