Outfielder Alex Presley and the Astros have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle says it’ll be worth $1 million.
Presley was claimed off waivers from the Twins during spring training and hit .244 with six homers and a .628 OPS in 89 games.
His career numbers aren’t a whole lot better and Presley is stretched defensively in center field, but Houston likes him as a backup outfielder for 2015.
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.