Pete Orr signs with the Brewers

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I haven’t thought about Pete Orr in a long time. But, apparently, he’s still alive and playing baseball:

Orr spent all of 2014 in Triple-A with the Brewers in Nashville. Now he gets to spend it, presumably, at Triple-A with the Brewers in Colorado Springs. A handy guy to have around for depth, I suppose.

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.