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Jeff Mathis signs with the Marlins


The Marlins have announced that Jeff Mathis has agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the club. He’ll be the backup to J.T. Realmuto once again.

Mathis only played in 32 games, missing considerable time due to a broken finger. He hit a mere .161/.214/.290 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 103 plate appearances, but with backup catchers defense, maturity, mentoring and all of that jazz is way more important to a club and Mathis has that in spades.  Many talk about him as a future manager. They’re probably right about that.


White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.