Right-hander Jared Burton has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees that includes an invitation to spring training.
Minnesota declined its $3.6 million option on Burton in December, making him a free agent.
Burton was strong setup man for the Twins in 2012 and part of 2013, but his velocity and performance slipped in late 2013 and that continued in 2014. Overall last season he posted a 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.
At age 34 he’s certainly still capable of being a solid middle reliever.
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.