Terry Francona interviewed with the Indians this morning

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Terry Francona’s interview to replace Manny Acta as Indians manager took place this morning in Cleveland, as the team’s official Twitter account revealed:

Everything points to Francona being the Indians’ first choice, with Sandy Alomar also going through the interview process (and effusively praising Francona along the way) as the in-house fallback option.

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.