Kip Wells retires from baseball at age 36

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick shares the news on 36-year-old right-hander Kip Wells …

Wells surrendered 28 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (10.36 ERA) this season with the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake, Utah. He last appeared in a major league game in August 2012 with the San Diego Padres.

The former first-round pick out of Baylor University pitched for the White Sox, Pirates, Rangers, Cardinals, Rockies, Royals, Nationals, Reds and Friars over the course of a 12-year big league career. He will finish up with a 69-103 career win-loss record, a 4.71 career ERA, a 1.51 career WHIP and a 6.5 career K/9.

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.