Rays sign Juan Francisco

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According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Rays have signed corner infielder/DH Juan Francisco to a minor league contract.

Francisco spent last season with the Blue Jays and batted .220 with 16 home runs and a .747 OPS over 106 games. He was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox in November, but became a free agent after being non-tendered last month.

Francisco owns a .236 career batting average with a 34-percent strikeout rate, but he offers some power against right-handers and could have value as a bench player with Tampa Bay.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.