Bobby Abreu was released by the Angels in late April and then designated for assignment and demoted to Triple-A by the Dodgers on August 1, but the veteran outfielder is back in the majors.
As part of rosters expanding on September 1 the Dodgers have recalled Abreu from Triple-A, where the 38-year-old went 6-for-17 (.353) in his first minor league action since 1997.
He’ll be used as a bat off the bench, which is likely the best fit for Abreu’s diminished but still useful skill set at this point. In a total of 237 plate appearances between the Angels and Dodgers he got on base at a .346 clip and drew 32 walks to provide value despite a low batting average and little power.
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.