Adam Eaton was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in March and was playing in rehab games. Then this:
Eaton hit .259/.382/.412 in his cup of coffee last year and was supposed to be a big part of the new-look, Kirk GIbson Diamondbacks. Now one wonders if he’s going to need Tommy John surgery. Tough break.
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.