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.

José Ramirez’s 17-pitch at-bat kickstarts Indians’ five-run comeback in ninth inning

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With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.

Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.

After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.