In search of some depth behind the plate, the White Sox have signed veteran catcher George Kottaras to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
He’ll compete for a roster spot with Tyler Flowers, Rob Brantly, and Adrian Neito, so there’s definitely an opportunity for the 32-year-old journeyman to stick in Chicago.
Kottaras hits for poor batting averages and struggles to throw out runners, which is why he’s bounced around so much, but he has solid power and draws lots of walks on the way to a career .737 OPS that’s above average for the position.
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.