The Blue Jays announced that they have signed Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract extension worth $3MM with a club option for 2015 worth $1.5MM. The deal marks a lateral move in compensation for the catcher, who made $1.5MM this season after avoiding arbitration with Toronto over the winter.
Mathis, 29, is hitting .215/.252/.415 with six homers in 147 plate appearances this season. The backstop spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Angels before being traded to the Blue Jays for left-hander Brad Mills. While Mathis is far from an elite slugger, he has stepped up his offensive production in 2012 and currently has his best OPS of any full campaign.