Royals deal for Matt Treanor following Jason Kendall setback

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Jason Kendall’s recent setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery means he likely won’t be ready to come off the disabled list until at least late April–and possibly much later–so the Royals have added some catching depth by acquiring Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash considerations.

Treanor spent a large chunk of last season as the Rangers’ primary catcher, but gave way to Bengie Molina late in the season and was behind both Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli on Texas’ catching depth chart for this year.

He’ll get a chance to back up Brayan Pena in Kansas City until Kendall returns, at which point the 35-year-old Treanor and his .621 career OPS will likely head to Triple-A or the waiver wire.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.