The Indians announced that they have signed former Mets catcher Anthony Recker to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training (Twitter link). Recker is a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management. The 32-year-old Recker has logged significant time with the Mets as a backup over the past three seasons, hitting .190/.256/.350 in 432 plate appearances from 2013-15. Recker also has experience in the Majors with the Cubs and Athletics, who originally selected him in the 18th round of the 2005 draft. Recker struggled to throw out runners in 2015, catching just one of the 11 men who attempted to steal against him, although those struggles were uncharacteristic; prior to 2015, Recker had caught 24 of 80 attempted base-stealers for a rate of 30 percent. His pitch-framing numbers, however, have come in consistently below the league average. While Recker has been a serviceable backup for the Mets, he reached arbitration eligibility this year. The Mets, who have Travis d’Arnaud lined up to start in 2016, also have another highly touted young catcher in Kevin Plawecki and a backup alternative in Johnny Monnell — each of whom is making roughly the league minimum.
Major League Baseball’s rumor mill moved slower than usual on Thursday — like most of America after a Thanksgiving feast. Still, there were a few notable rumblings on the Hot Stove.
Andrew McCutchen has played in Pittsburgh long enough to hear hundreds of stories about Roberto Clemente. They rarely have anything to do with the Pirates icon’s incredible ability or his Hall of Fame career. Those who knew or met Clemente want to talk about his kindness and giving spirit.
As America straps on its bib and grabs the carving knife, go ahead and attack the bird. But you will want to leave some room for dessert: Baseball has been known to serve up some treats on Thanksgiving — bombshells, not bonbons — then join the Black Friday frenzy.
During one of Anthony Rizzo’s regular hospital visits in Chicago earlier this year to check on patients in the oncology ward, the Cubs first baseman met Adrianna Fernandes. There was an immediate connection.
Since becoming a big league pitching sensation in 2013, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has typically been at his best at home. Off the field, Fernandez recently stepped up and pitched in to give back to the home community. The right-hander assisted in the organization’s annual turkey distribution last Friday at Marlins Park.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-handed reliever Rex Brothers in a trade with the Rockies, the club announced Wednesday.
All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun addressed his surgically repaired back and his outlook for the rebuilding Brewers early Wednesday while engaging in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Clad in a black overcoat, Braun snapped photos and signed autographs while accepting donations at the team’s annual holiday food drive in the shadow of Miller Park.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto refuted a report in The New York Daily News on Monday that second baseman Robinson Cano is unhappy and wants out of Seattle, saying the situation is “quite the opposite” after speaking with one of Cano’s agents.
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, his wife, Heather, and members of the Nationals’ front office spent time volunteering at Food & Friends, an organization that delivers nutritious meals to needy people with critical illnesses, on Monday afternoon.