Rangers sign C Jeff Mathis to 2-year deal


The Texas Rangers signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, the club announced Tuesday. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

The 35-year-old has spent the past two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning his first Fielding Bible Award in 2018. Last season, he led all catchers with 17 defensive runs saved, five more than any other player. He also blocked 96.4 percent of difficult pitches.

The former 2001 first-round pick of the California Angles batted .200 with one run home and 20 RBI over 69 games in 2018. For his career, Mathis is .198 over 835 games with the Dodgers (2005-11), Blue Jays (2012), Marlins (2013-16), and Diamondbacks.

The signing of Mathis brings the Rangers up to 33 players on the club’s major league roster.