Last month Jeremy Hermida was said to be headed to Japan and then when that fell through San Diego dropped him from the 40-man roster, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Padres have re-signed Hermida to a minor-league contract.
That means he’ll remain off the 40-man roster, making the path back to the majors a tougher one for the 27-year-old former top prospect.
Hermida has been mediocre in 619 career games as a big leaguer, hitting .257 with a .749 OPS, but he’s still relatively young and that’s decent enough production for a bench bat. Plus, he hit .319 with 17 homers and a .924 OPS in 105 games at Triple-A this past season.
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.