We’ve talked about A-Rod forever. Ryan Braun is already suspended. We have chewed over Nelson Cruz and the Bartolo-Melky crew for some time. But T.J. Quinn reports that we may still get some surprises this afternoon:
Key players on playoff teams are going to be the most interesting ones to watch, obviously, but is it wrong of me to sorta wish for some narrative-changers? Guys who are generally thought of as upstanding citizens whose inclusion on the Biogenesis hit list will give the public and media whiplash? I mean, we gotta have some fun with this, right?
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.