Pirates trade first baseman Ike Davis to the A’s

25 Comments

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has the news

Davis was designated for assignment by the Bucs a couple of days ago to open up a 40-man roster spot for top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, who is now protected from selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Davis, 27, batted .235/.343/.378 in 397 plate appearances this past season for Pittsburgh. The first baseman is still trying to recapture the power stroke that saw him hit 32 home runs in 2012 with the Mets.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

Denis Poroy/Getty Images
1 Comment

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.