According to a press release from BlueJays.com, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract extension for $3 million dollars.
Jeff Mathis, scoring a run in Seattle July 31, will call Toronto home for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Jeff Mathis has thrown out baserunners at a 39 percent clip in 2012, best in the American League.
Jeff Mathis on JaysVision April 15.
The 29 year-old Mathis recorded hits in his first three games as a Blue Jay, including a two-hit game with a walk against Baltimore at the Dome April 15 and a home run against Tampa Bay three days later. His best game with the stick came June 28 against his former club, the Los Angeles Angels, when he went 4-for-4 with a double, a homer and three runs scored. That was the start of an eight-game hitting streak for Mathis, who is currently serving as the number one catcher after J.P. Arencibia broke his hand late last month. Mathis has also taken to the mound twice for the Blue Jays in 2012, pitching two innings with an ERA of 9.00. He threw a shutout inning in Texas May 25 but gave up a pair of runs at home against Oakland exactly two months later.
In other catcher-related news, the Jays have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal. The 33 year-old Venezuelan catcher was with the Texas Rangers the past two seasons. The right-handed hitter batted .273 with 27 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 37 runs batted in last year for Texas but slumped to .236 with 8 doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. The 12-year veteran, a career .258 hitter, has made stops in San Francisco along with stops in Seattle, Colorado and San Diego.