Felix Doubront granted his release by the Cubs

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After entering spring training with an eye on the fifth starter job, left-hander Felix Doubront has been given his release by the Cubs.

Doubront really struggled during Cactus League action, allowing nine runs on 17 hits (including two home runs) in seven innings across four appearances.

The Cubs and Doubront avoided arbitration over the winter by agreeing to a one-year, $1.925 million contract, but contracts through arbitration aren’t fully-guaranteed. Instead, he’ll get 45 days of termination pay, which Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com says works out to around $473,000.

Doubront showed diminished velocity last season while putting up a 5.54 ERA over 14 starts and seven relief appearances, but he’s still just 27 and has shown some potential in the past. He should find a new team quickly.

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.