Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Matt Treanor Looks To Be Our Backup

With Ryan Doumit spurning our advances the Dodger turn to journeyman backup catcher, Matt Treanor. From Tony Jackson at ESPN:
The Dodgers also appear close to securing a backup catcher, agreeing to terms with veteran catcher Matt Treanor on a one-year contract, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Treanor, 35, would become the team's backup catcher, behind A. J. Ellis, to begin the 2012 season until top catching prospect Tim Federowicz is deemed ready to take over.
I hope we're not overpaying.
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Well that's not too bad. He made $850k last season, so it looks like he might get a little raise. BTW, Matt is a local kid, having been born in Orange County and played ball at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. His offensive stats are a bit underwhelming:

Obviously, we aren't getting him for his bat- he hit just .214 last year. It's his glove that appeals to us. In 8 pro seasons he has a career 26% caught stealing percentage and a fielding percentage of .990.

Heck, he is even considered a good clubhouse presence.

From the Star-Telegram: When asked how they felt when finding out Treanor had been traded early last season only to be reacquired late in the season.
"We weren't happy with it," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We all loved having him in the locker room. He made a huge impact, and he's definitely someone we wanted to keep and have around. It's going to be really nice to have him back."
Of course, maybe there is something else that attracts him to the Dodgers. Oh yhea, he happens to be married to beach volleyball extraordinaire and gold medalist Misty May. They tied the knot in 2004 and have a home in the Long Beach area.

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