Report: Blue Jays targeting Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta

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The Blue Jays have a rookie catcher with 17 homers this year in J.P. Arencibia, but according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re making a run at the Rockies’ Chris Iannetta anyway.

As Knobler goes on to say: “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.”

We looked at Iannetta as a possibility for the Indians and Pirates last week.  There hadn’t been any hot rumors since, but Iannetta may well be available as the Rockies try to remake the bottom half of their lineup.  The 28-year-old has hit .221/.375/.402 with 10 homers and 37 RBI in 308 at-bats while mostly hitting eighth this season.

The Rockies are also shopping Ian Stewart, according to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck.

Update: Tracy Ringolsby just said on MLB Network that the Red Sox, a long-time admirer of Iannetta, are also back in the mix as a suitor for the catcher.

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.