Royals Acquire Matt Treanor

The Royals acquired catcher Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash considerations, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.  The acquisition fills up the Royals' 40-man roster, a press release notes.

Treanor, 35, hit .211/.287/.308 in 272 plate appearances for the Rangers last year, leading the team with 614 2/3 innings caught.  He re-signed for $850K in December to back up Yorvit Torrealba, but the Rangers acquired Mike Napoli in late January.  The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Rangers and also a 25-man spot, which makes it easier to retain Rule 5 pick Mason Tobin or Chris Davis.

The Royals' Treanor acquisition comes two days after veteran Jason Kendall told's Dick Kaegel his tentative return date from September shoulder surgery is now late April.  Brayan Pena and Lucas May, both out of options, have been battling for Opening Day catching spots.  Treanor, by the way, was originally drafted by the Royals in 1994.

13 Responses to Royals Acquire Matt Treanor Leave a Reply

  1. wow that is a surprising move for the Rangers, he was solid last year, I guess Napoli will be the backup catcher. Good move by the Royals

  2. Don’t forget about Teagarden, too.

    Who is coming to Texas?

  3. royals acquire misty may

  4. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    Wow. They gave Matt up for just cash? I guess JD felt generous.

  5. Guest 4 years ago

    Interesting move for the Rangers. I love Treanor, he’s a credit to any team that’ll have him. I think it was the right move for TX though. Now they can carry Napoli as the backup catcher/RH DH and maybe free up a roster spot for Chris Davis

    Or if Napoli is going to split the catching duties w/ Torrealba now, I wonder if it frees up the RH DH spot for Michael Young

  6. FrankFranciscoSaysTakeASeat 4 years ago

    You could see this coming since the Napoli trade. No reason to carry three catchers. Good luck to Treanor, he was a life-saver for the Rangers last summer. Maybe this puts Michael Young’s mind at ease some in the at-bats department.

  7. I guess with Felix gone, the Royals had a sub .300 OBP to replace.

  8. METfan201 4 years ago

    Im suprised the Astros or Padres did get in on Traenor.

    • rovert22044 4 years ago

      Thank God my ‘Stros didn’t. I like the guy, but I wouldn’t want him starting for us…

  9. TheHotCorner 4 years ago

    The real gem in the trade for KC is Misti May-Treanor. Wonder how long before we see Misti May-Treanor Bobblehead Night at the park.

  10. Craig_Bueno 4 years ago

    Wonder how C.J. Wilson is taking the news. He just lost his personal catcher.

  11. bigpat 4 years ago

    The Royals sure do love their replacement level players.

    • brstreet9 4 years ago

      That, coming from a Pirates fan (just guessing by the avatar), leaves me scratching my head.

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