The Texas Rangers and veteran catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed to a two-year contract, The Athletic reported Thursday.
The deal is pending a bodily.
Mathis, who turns 36 in March, is considered one of many recreation’s high defensive catchers. That has made up for his shortcomings on the plate, the place he is only a .198 profession hitter.
The Rangers had been in want of a catcher after declining the 2019 choice for Robinson Chirinos. Their major beginning catcher had a $four.5 million choice for the 2019 season with a $100,000 buyout.
Texas shall be Mathis’ fifth main league staff. He beforehand spent seven seasons with the Angels (2005-11), one with the Blue Jays (2012), 4 with the Marlins (2013-16) and the previous two with the Diamondbacks.