On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced they have signed free agent catcher Matt Treanor to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
The 37-year-old Treanor boasts a .221 career batting average with 45 doubles, 18 home runs, and 129 RBIs in 468 games across nine Major League seasons. Treanor has played for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
He spent the 2013 season recovering from a left knee procedure.
Treanor represents a low-risk addition of depth to the catching position in the organization. In a best case scenario he can back-up Yan Gomes allowing Carlos Santana to focus on other aspects of his game and provide additional veteran leadership in the clubhouse similar to Jason Giambi.
Worst-case scenario is he provides veteran leadership in the minor leagues while deciding if he should call it a career and spend more time with his three-time Olympic gold medalist wife, Misty May-Treanor.
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