So, the Rangers may still be waiting to hear from their former No. 1 starting pitcher to find out if he will once again be the No. 1 starting pitcher for them, but they have come to a decision and have re-signed back-up catcher Matt Treanor.
The Rangers just recently announced today that they have re-signed the catcher to a one-year contract worth $850,000. He will be the back-up catcher to previously signed, Yorvit Torrealba.
To make room for Treanor on the Rangers 40-man roster, Texas sent pitcher Ryan Tucker to AAA Round Rock. Right now, the Rangers roster is completely full.
Treanor was originally acquired late in Spring Training this year from the Brewers and played in a total of 82 games with Texas, 67 of which were starts, which is also the most by any catcher in Texas. He had 237 at-bats, which resulted in five homers, 27 RBIs and a batting average of .211. His at-bats and number of games were career highs for the seven-year veteran.
He’s a great catcher especially in terms of defense and working well with the pitchers on the mound, which is a necessary asset to be a successful catcher. I mean, he helped the Rangers pitcher meet a 3.92 ERA combined when he was behind the plate, which with 80 games played in the American League is the lowest among the AL. This was definitely a positive move on the Rangers’ front.
That’s one thing that is out of the way for the Rangers but the team is still waiting on Lee before making any more decisions…especially when it comes to signing designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero. The Rangers are planning on trying to wait to see what happens with Lee before they sign Guerrero so we’ll have to wait it out.