Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Yankees are “believed to have reached out to” free agent Kendrys Morales and that they are “awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira’s medical re-evaluation before making a big play.”
Morales would be a decent fill in if Teixeira is unable to play. As it is, the Yankees will have to wait until the draft is over, which is when the draft pick compensation attached to Morales will expire.
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.