Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

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The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening.

A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from the Dominican Republic to the United States within the next few days in order meet with teams that have expressed interest in him. Like the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers and Orioles. And probably a few others.

Cespedes batted .333/.424/.667 with 33 home runs and 99 RBI in 90 games last year in Cuba.

He’s got a chance to command more than $40 million on a guaranteed major league contract.

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.