Dodgers Sign Matt Treanor

The Dodgers added a catcher to the fold today, announcing on their Twitter feed that they've signed Matt Treanor to a one-year contract that includes an option for 2013. The deal guarantees Treanor $1MM. He'll earn $850K in 2012, with the option worth $950K ($150K buyout).

Treanor, 35, has spent time with the Marlins, Tigers, Royals, and Rangers since debuting in the bigs in 2004. In 242 plate appearances for Kansas City and Texas last season, the backstop hit .214/.338/.291.

Ken Gurnick of first reported that the Dodgers were eyeing Treanor, while Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports indicated that the two sides were making progress toward a deal and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) confirmed the agreement. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times added contract details (via Twitter).

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  1. David Anderson 4 years ago

    This sucks.  Barajas hit 17 homers last year……He’ll hit more homers this coming season than Ethier and Uribe combined!  And, if the curse of the Dodgers continues, now that Kemp has received a huge contract, he’ll instantaneously start sucking.  

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      If Barajas hits more bombs than Ethier and Uribe combined you can punch me in the face. I don’t see that happening unless both are injured for significant parts of the year.

      • Shu13 4 years ago

        so Uribe hit 4 hrs in 77g and Ethier hit 10 in 135g…..and Barajas hit 16 in 98g…be prepared to get hit in the face…lol

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          That was last year. Uribe will not be injured for most of the season again, and hopefully Ethier can regain his power stroke. Besides, Barajas has to hit 16 bombs again too.

    • dodgers33dodgers 4 years ago

      lol Barajas had 1 more homer last year…than Treanor has in his career!!!

    • He’s not being signed for his power…

  2. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Might as well pick up Jamie Moyer next. He actually might have more upside than either Ellis or Treanor

  3. Ben Roth 4 years ago

    Does it really matter? The Rangers will end up trading for him mid-season anyways

    • LOL that’s probably true. The way it’s going the Dodgers will be 25 games back my the All Star break.

  4. Ellis and Treanor? Cmon Dodgers you’re better than that! What ever happened to Alberta or Princess? Either way though, I think you might still have a competitive team with your two studs leading the way. Good luck next year, signed Dback fan.

    • Dynasty22 4 years ago

      Who have the Dbacks signed that wasn’t on their team last year?

    • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

      The Dodgers can’t have two Ellis’ on the team, it’s gonna be FedEx and Treanor

  5. Not bad. Less than 1 million to give the fans something to look forward to… I, of course, am referring to trying to find his wife in the stands…

  6. neoncactus 4 years ago

    OK signing, but nothing that’s really going to help them much.  Treanor did a decent job for the Rangers in 2010, and gives them a solid defensive backup.  I still think the younger catchers will be given every chance to win the two positions in spring training, but Treanor gives them a viable backup if one (or both) of them bombs.  If they succeed, the Dodgers can easily absorb his contract.

  7. Lastings 4 years ago

    The Dodgers announced that they just traded Treanor to Texas.

  8. Gumby65 4 years ago

    2013 option can be bought out with 4 Cheerios box tops.

  9. BruinPirateAnteater 4 years ago

    I cannot, for the life of me understand why in the hell we signed Ellis and Treanor and just let Carroll and Barajas walk. Its not like Ellis was any cheaper than Carroll, and he has worse offense, and for the extra 3 mill, I’ll take Barajas extra 15 homers and his ability to call games with our staff. Im stoked we locked up Kemp, but if locking up Kemp meant we couldn’t sign Prince, then we should have seriously considered bringing back the club that was on fire towards the end of last season and that included Carroll and Barajas…we are in worse shape now than we were last year! The only way we can possibly do better is IF Uribe can bounce back and IF Ethier’s vaginitis is cured.

    • thegrayrace 4 years ago

      Did you forget who we have as our GM and owner?

  10. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    would have gotten a minor league deal/invite to spring training if he was signed by a normal team

    then again…i won’t complain seeing the dodgers collapse

    • TopDeckBum 4 years ago

      “then again”

      Two seperate ideas, so I’m not sure what “then again” is all about.

      Anyway this was a perfectly resonable deal. The Mark Ellis and Juan Rivera deals on the other hand…

  11. Bet you guys Treanor doesn’t make it past the mendoza line all season.

  12. Rushing to sign a hack like this guy over keeping barajas another year shows how all they care about is putting warm bodies on the field. Kemp they had to sign to sell the team, but letting Carroll and Barajas go in exchange for their signings takes us down another notch. then if they replace Koruda with some hack we’ll be lucky to be a .500 team next year. Until Mccourt is gone I still can’t even watch this crap.

  13. Matt Treanor…I can only hope and pray that he will be relegated to backup duties, which is where he belongs.  Let A.J. Ellis work or let Federowizc show if he can hit at the major league level.  Either one would be better than Treanor.

  14. dembumms 4 years ago

    bring back russell martin

  15. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    I don’t know about that. I think they just played terribly the first half of the year. In the second half of the year, they had one of the best records in the majors.

  16. BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

    If he gets a little luck in the BA dept and his walk rate sustains, he’ll be on base often enough to not hurt the team. Barajas killed us last year by never being on base.

  17. Shu13 4 years ago


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