Monday, November 19, 2018
MLB news: Nats sign Suzuki, Rangers sign Mathis
The Washington Nationals have signed C Kurt Suzuki, and the Texas Rangers have signed C Jeff Mathis, both to two year deals.
The Nationals could use Suzuki in a platoon with Matt Wieters. Suzuki brings a decent right-handed bat to the table. He nearly hit 20 home runs in 2017. He is most likely going to be their backup, though. Suzuki also spent two years with Washington in 2012 and 2013, despite struggling, hitting just .239 with eight homers.
Suzuki, 35, hit .271, with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 388 Plate Appearances for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. His best career season came with the Braves in 2017, when he hit .283 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 309 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career for the Braves, Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics, Suzuki has a batting average of .258, with 114 home runs and 619 RBIs in 5319 Plate Appearances.
For the Rangers, Robinson Chirinos is a free agent, and Mathis is brought in as a backup. Also, they are rumored to be in on trade talks for pitcher Zack Greinke, who Mathis just recently caught in Arizona.
Mathis, also 35, hit .200 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 218 Plate Appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. His best offensive season came with the Los Angeles Angels in 2008, when he hit nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 328 Plate Appearances. In his MLB career for the Angels, Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays, Mathis has a batting average of .198, with 48 home runs and 265 RBIs in 2694 Plate Appearances.