Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez: Non-tendered by Padres
Hector Sanchez, C, SD
11:56 AM
News: The Padres declined to tender Sanchez a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Sanchez was non-tendered for the second straight offseason. He fared well in a small sample with San Diego last year, going 12-for-42 with three homers, but he's a .241/.278/.354 career hitter. The 27-year-old had some concussion issues a few years ago but there have been no reports of head injuries in recent seasons.

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Eric Fryer
Eric Fryer: Non-tendered by Pirates
Eric Fryer, C, PIT
12/2/2016
News: Fryer was non-tendered by the Pirates on Friday and is now a free agent.

Fryer holds a .254/.332/.328 line in 291 career plate appearances and will go looking for a team in need of backup catcher. His fantasy value remains negligible, but there should be a team that values him as decent catching depth.

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Ramon Cabrera
Ramon Cabrera: Non-tendered by Reds
Ramon Cabrera, C, CIN
12/2/2016
News: The Reds declined to tender Cabrera a contract for 2017, making him a free agent, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Cincinnati had already effectively cut bait, designating Cabrera for assignment Monday. Cabrera appeared in 61 games for the Reds in 2016, serving as the primary backup to Tucker Barnhart after Devin Mesoraco went down. He hit .246/.279/.357 over 185 plate appearances.

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Jeff Mathis
Diamondbacks' Jeff Mathis: Agrees to deal with Diamondbacks
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA
12/2/2016
News: Mathis agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

After declining to tender Welington Castillo a contract, the Diamondbacks immediately brought in a replacement in the 33-year-old Mathis, although it's hard to imagine Mathis would inherit the primary role. That should go to Chris Herrmann, if healthy. Mathis has hit just .197/.254/.308 in parts of 12 major league seasons.

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Welington Castillo
Welington Castillo: Non-tendered by Diamondbacks
Welington Castillo, C, ARI
12/2/2016
News: The Diamondbacks declined to tender Castillo a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

With Castillo non-tendered, that leaves Oscar Hernandez and Chris Herrmann as the only catchers on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster. Castillo might have received close to $6 million through the arbitration process following a 2016 season in which he hit .264/.322/.423. He packs good power for a catcher and is a plus player behind the plate, so he should land comfortably with another organization.

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Anthony Recker
Braves' Anthony Recker: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
Anthony Recker, C, ATL
12/2/2016
News: Recker agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The 33-year-old will provide low-cost catching depth for the Braves, perhaps serving as the primary backup to Tyler Flowers to begin 2017. He enjoyed his best offensive season in 2016, batting .278/.394/.433, but he's a .200/.284/.350 career hitter and has never logged more than 189 plate appearances in a season.

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Tony Sanchez
Angels' Tony Sanchez: Signs with Angels
Tony Sanchez, C, SF
12/2/2016
News: Sanchez signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Sanchez split the 2016 season in the Blue Jays and Giants' organizations, struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line in Triple-A at both stops. He's had a few brief stints in the majors, but at this point the 28-year-old figures to serve primarily as organizational depth behind the plate and will likely open the season back at Triple-A.

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Derek Norris
Nationals' Derek Norris: Dealt to Nationals
Derek Norris, C, WAS
12/2/2016
News: Norris was traded to the Nationals on Friday in exchange for pitcher Pedro Avila.

Norris was once the catcher of the future for Washington, but now he'll make his return to the nation's capitol presumably to take over as the Nationals' primary catcher. The 27-year-old was once one of the better-hitting catchers in the game, although his batting average sunk below the Mendoza Line and he struck out over 30 percent of the time in 125 games behind the plate for San Diego. He still possesses some pop (14 home runs in 2016) and good patience at the plate, but it'll be tough to get back into the top tier of catchers if he continues to strike out as much as he did last season.

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Rene Rivera
Mets' Rene Rivera: Avoids arbitration
Rene Rivera, C, NYM
12/2/2016
News: Rivera agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Rivera is one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, which explains why he is worth almost $2 million despite posting a 70 wRC+ last year and a 63 wRC+ for his career. He will serve as Travis d'Arnaud's backup in 2017.

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Bryan Holaday
Bryan Holaday: Non-tendered by Red Sox
Bryan Holaday, C, BOS
12/2/2016
News: Holaday was non-tendered by the Red Sox on Friday and is now a free agent.

Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez are the clear top two catchers for the Red Sox, and Blake Swihart still lingers as a potential wild card, so there was no reason for Boston to pay Holaday in arbitration or allow him to occupy a 40-man roster spot. He has a career 69 wRC+ and all of his value is tied up in his defense. Look for him to catch on with another team, perhaps on a minor league deal, to serve as organizational catching depth.

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