Blue Jays lose Marcus Stroman for the season with a torn ACL

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Marcus Stroman seemed set for a breakout, star-making year after looking good as a rookie last season, but now the Blue Jays right-hander will miss the entire year with a torn left ACL suffered during fielding drills.

Stroman was the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect in back-to-back seasons, and threw 131 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio as a 23-year-old rookie.

His injury could motivate the Blue Jays to shift 22-year-old prospect Aaron Sanchez into the rotation full time after he thrived in a 24-game debut as a rookie last season. Or they may decide to enter the trade market for a veteran starter.

Spring training injuries, man.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet from Stroman:

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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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.