Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

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We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible.

Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In the interview Dykstra seems to be fairly aware of just how much he screwed up his life:

“The way I lived my life helped me in baseball. But when you’re spending $28,000 for a bottle of wine and liking it? Nothing was ever enough,” he said, shaking his head. “The punishment gods said, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to put you in f—ing jail. We’re going to put you in the cooler because you have to pay for some things.’”

He’s getting sentenced in January on his grand theft auto plea.  He’s gonna do some time.  But he’s going to have some sort of life after that too, so here’s hoping that what he seems to be grokking now is something that will help him with that life later.

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.