Watch as Red Sox rookie Mookie Betts gets on his horse to rob Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of extra bases with a leaping catch…
If Betts would have come up empty-handed there, Ellsbury likely would have had a triple. And who knows, with a couple of bad bounces in that center field area, it might have been an inside-the-park home run. This play (which occurred with nobody out in the eighth inning) ended up looking pretty huge, as the Red Sox won the game 4-3.
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.