He will offer organizational depth at catcher, likely beginning the year at Triple-A, as he will probably be behind Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez on the depth chart. Recker has a little pop, hitting 15 home runs in 432 plate appearances over the last three years with the Mets, but he is just a .185 hitter for his career.
The 28-year-old struggled mightily last season for Detroit, hitting just .191 with four home runs, 13 RBI and 66 strikeouts in 67 games. Despite the poor season, the White Sox will take a low-risk chance on Avila, and he figures to team with Tyler Flowers to form Chicago's catching tandem in 2016.
This move was effectively made last week when the Rays designated Arencibia for assignment ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline. Arencibia once again put his power on display at the major league level last season, smacking six homers in 24 games, but he struggled at Triple-A Durham throughout most of the year. The 29-year-old had a .227/.259/.443 line with Durham, numbers well below his career marks at that level (.258/.304/.508). Still, he figures to get a look in spring training with another club.
The Angels were never expected to make a big splash at catcher this offseason, in part because there were no big names available in free agency and they lacked the prospects to acquire one in a trade. Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs and a 30 percent K-rate in 210 plate appearances with the White Sox last season. He will split time with Carlos Perez, and should be seen as a fringe option in two-catcher formats and AL-only leagues.
The 26-year-old catcher has played in just three MLB games, but he will get a chance to make an impression on the big league coaching staff after receiving an invite to spring training. He hit .243 with two home runs at Triple-A last year.
Schlehuber reached Triple-A for the first time last season, but struggled mightily at the plate, slashing .158/.224/.193 in a mere 128 plate appearances at that level. With other options at catcher ahead of him, this signing appears to be nothing more than a move for more organizational depth at catcher.
With the Braves resigning A.J. Pierzynski, this signing likely took place to keep Lavarnway around as organizational depth in case Pierzynski or Cristian Bethancourt get hurt. The 28-year-old batted .191 with two homers and six RBI in 106 plate appearances with Baltimore and Atlanta last season.
Originally it was expected that Iannetta would be battling with Mike Zunino as the Mariners' primary catcher but general manager Mike Dipoto says Iannetta will be used as the team's primary catcher. Dipoto and Ianetta were together in Los Angeles which explains why he appears higher on him heading into 2016.
After the Mariners signed Chris Iannetta, a move had to be made to make a spot available on the 40-man roster, and Hicks was the guy who was chosen to be sent down.
The signing of Iannetta will put him alongside Jesus Sucre as the Mariners' two primary catchers going into the 2016 season. The move also brought Seattle to outright Josh Hicks to make room for Iannetta on the 40-man roster.