Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have added some catching depth by signing Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Teagarden was once considered a pretty solid catching prospect, but now he’s 30 years with a lengthy injury history and just 163 total games in the majors.
He profiles as merely a backup at this point and will likely compete with Anthony Recker and Juan Centeno to serve as rookie Travis d’Arnaud’s caddy.
The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.
Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.
Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.