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Dodgers sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

Nov 15, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

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UPDATE II: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Treanor will make $850,000 next season while the contract includes a $950,000 club option for 2013 or a $150,000 buyout.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Treanor is expected to get around $1 million.

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Rod Barajas‘ departure means the Dodgers are in the market for a veteran catcher to pair with A.J. Ellis and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Matt Treanor is their top target.

At age 36 he certainly fits the veteran mold, but Treanor has bounced around to four teams in the past four seasons and is a career .225 hitter with a .623 OPS.

In other words he’s purely backup material, which is good news for Ellis’ chances of finally getting the extended opportunity his strong minor-league track record warrants. Los Angeles also has prospect Tim Federowicz waiting in the wings after acquiring him from Boston at midseason, but there are questions about whether he projects as more than a backup too.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    I’d like to bullseye his wife.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Funny how as a Major League Baseball player he is the 2nd best professional athlete in his house.

  2. clydeserra - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Isn’t targeting Matt Treanor kinda like telling the receptionist not to hang up on his agent if he calls.

  3. antlerclaws - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    I’ve always liked Treanor; the Rangers pitchers seem to like him too and he seems like a stand-up guy. I’m guessing his Spanish is pretty good, too; at Spring Training in Surprise I saw him talking (good-natured) smack en Espanol with a bunch of the Royals players who had wandered over from next door.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      That’s all great….but he’s…you know…not good at baseball.

      • cur68 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM

        ^^This.

  4. dickclydesdale - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    .225 this guy cant even hit his weight

  5. Tyree Studio - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    He is def. a backup and shouldn’t get more than 1 or 2 starts a week, but you could do worse at backup C spot.

    He had a few clutch hits for KC last season and plays pretty solid defense. I was hoping KC would sign him to backup Perez.

  6. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve seen worse back ups…

    • Tyree Studio - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:51 PM

      This. The catching spot in general is down in mlb.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Brian Schneider anybody

      • paperlions - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:00 AM

        Career stats:

        Treanor: OBP .315, SLG .307 (wOBA .282)

        Schneider: OBP .321, SLG .369 (wOBA .298)

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        Yeah, but Schneider fell off a cliff last season and has been trending down.

      • paperlions - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        When he got to the bottom of that cliff, I’m sure he said hi to Treanor, who can’t trend down.

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