Duaner Sanchez, who was a solid setup man for the Mets and Dodgers from 2004 to 2008, has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
Sanchez’s career was knocked of course when a 2006 car accident left him with a separated shoulder that caused the right-hander to miss the entire 2007 season. He bounced back with a solid year for the Mets in 2008, but then allowed 11 runs in 11 innings for the Padres in 2009 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since.
He’s still just 31 years old, but Sanchez wasn’t particularly effective last season while pitching in the Canadian-American Association and Mexican League.
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.