Phillies sign John Hester to a minor-league deal
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The Phillies have signed catcher John Hester
to a minor-league deal.
Hester will receive an invite to spring training, where he'll attempt to make the 25-man roster. He spent most of last season in Triple-A.
Royals C Salvador Perez homers in Game 1 World Series loss
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Royals catcher Salvador Perez
went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 7-1 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.
Perez struck the only blow the Royals could manage on offense, finally getting a run off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner after he allowed only two hits through six scoreless innings. By the time of Perez's bomb, the Royals were dug in a hole from which they couldn't escape. It's a rare sign of life from the catcher's bat, as he's hit just .135/.158/.216 in 37 postseason at-bats despite the Royals racking up win after win in the first three rounds.
Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players
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The Orioles have made decisions
regarding team options on several players, according to the Baltimore Sun
Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.
The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.
Report: David Ross to play in 2015
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Impending free-agent catcher David Ross
plans to play next season
despite reports in September that he was considering retirement, MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Ross spent his last two seasons with the Red Sox on a two-year deal, and the door remains open for the veteran catcher to return to Boston, according to the report. He would serve as a backup and mentor to the team's young catchers if he were to resign with the Red Sox.
Report: Alex Avila not considering retirement due to head injuries
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Tigers catcher Alex Avila
said Monday that he has had no second thoughts
about continuing his career as a major-league catcher after dealing with multiple head injuries late in the season. MLive.com reports.
"No," he said. "I've had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern. It's like any injury -- you have to let it heal 100 percent."
Avila also indicated that he was symptom free and would be able to take the field if the Tigers were still in contention. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go for spring training.
Angels' John Buck decides to become a free-agent
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Angels catcher John Buck
has elected free agency Thursday.
Buck was designated for assignment by the club Tuesday. He could have accepted a spot with the Triple-A club, but opted to become a free-agent. He'll search for a new team during the offseason. Buck hit .225 over 89 at-bats in the majors last season.
Geovany Soto suffers thumb injury in wild-card game
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Athletics catcher Geovany Soto
was forced to leave Tuesday's wild-card game against the Royals in the bottom of the third inning due to a left thumb injury. Soto actually hurt his thumb applying a tag with his glove hand on Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer as he attempted to steal home in the first inning, according to MLB.com.
"He kind of pulled his thumb back on the jersey on the play at the plate, and after that it kept getting worse and worse," manager Bob Melvin said. "Certainly as a catcher you need your thumb, especially when Jon Lester is throwing cutters."
Red Sox 'comfortable' with Christian Vasquez as starting catcher in 2015
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In an end-of-the-year press conference, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters he's "very comfortable
" with having Christian Vasquez
as the team's everyday catcher next season, according to the Providence Journal
The rookie catcher appeared in 55 games this season, splitting his duties with David Ross behind the plate. He slashed .240/.308/.309 with one home run and 20 RBI over 175 at-bats.
Rangers GM comfortable with Robinson Chirinos as everyday catcher for 2015
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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told FOX Sports Southwest that he's comfortable with having Robinson Chirinos
as the team's everyday catcher next season.
Chirinos appeared in 93 games this season and owned a .239/.290/.415 slash line with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 306 at-bats.
Josmil Pinto in starting lineup for Sunday's season finale
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Twins catcher Josmil Pinto
(illness) is in the starting lineupf or Sunday's season finale against the Tigers.