Rafael Furcal would be interested in coming back to St. Louis

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Cardinals: I like Rafael.

Cardinals’ friend: Do you like him, or do you like like him?

Cardinals: I like like him.

Cardinals friend: OMG!

[meanwhile, at the other end of the cafeteria]

Rafael Furcal:  I like the Cardinals.

Rafael’s friend: Really like them?

Furcal“I love the city … I’d want to play for St. Louis.”

Friend: Hmmm. “I’d?”  That seems a bit hypothetical.

Furcal: Well, a man has to keep is options open, right?

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.