Mariners acquire lefty Aaron Laffey from the Indians

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From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that the Indians have traded left-hander Aaron Laffey to the Mariners.

There’s no word yet on what the Tribe might be getting in return from the M’s, but we can safely guess that it won’t be much.

Laffey, a 16th-round pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, posted an underwhelming 4.53 ERA and 28/28 K/BB ratio in 55.2 innings for the Indians last season, serving as both a starter and reliever. His numbers will probably look a little better in Seattle, where Safeco Field can be awfully friendly to pitchers, but he is far from a promising pitcher.

The 25-year-old southpaw was being groomed as a potential member of the Indians’ starting rotation this spring in camp. It’s not yet clear how the Mariners will try to use him.

The trade cleared a spot on Cleveland’s 40-man roster for freshly-signed reliever Chad Durbin.

UPDATE: According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, minor league utilityman Matt Lawson is headed to the Indians. A fellow 25-year-old, he posted an .811 OPS in 118 games at the Double-A level last season.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.