Dodgers sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

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UPDATE II: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Treanor will make $850,000 next season while the contract includes a $950,000 club option for 2013 or a $150,000 buyout.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Treanor is expected to get around $1 million.

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Rod Barajas’ departure means the Dodgers are in the market for a veteran catcher to pair with A.J. Ellis and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Matt Treanor is their top target.

At age 36 he certainly fits the veteran mold, but Treanor has bounced around to four teams in the past four seasons and is a career .225 hitter with a .623 OPS.

In other words he’s purely backup material, which is good news for Ellis’ chances of finally getting the extended opportunity his strong minor-league track record warrants. Los Angeles also has prospect Tim Federowicz waiting in the wings after acquiring him from Boston at midseason, but there are questions about whether he projects as more than a backup too.