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Braves outright former first-rounder Jeff Mathis to Triple-A

The Braves announced that catcher Jeff Mathis has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. As a player with more than three years of MLB service, Mathis had the right to refuse a minor league assignment. However, he has decided to accept a spot on the Atlanta taxi squad and will remain in the organization as non-roster depth, reports David O’Brien of the Athletic.
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Braves acquire C Kevan Smith from Rays, DFA C Jeff Mathis

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Kevan Smith from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on Wednesday and designated catcher Jeff Mathis for assignment. Smith, 32, was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday. He was 1 for 4 in only three games with the Rays this season.

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For assignment. The 32-year-old Smith has appeared in just three games this year, going 1-for-4 at the plate. Last year, he slashed .258/.378/.452 over 17 games. Mathis had been serving as the team's backup to William Contreras. That role will likely fall to Smith for now. The team's primary catcher Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) is still out for over a month. Alex Jackson (hamstring), who entered the year as the team's No. 2 catcher, is also on the injured list, but could be back soon.--Andrew Ericksen - RotoBaller.

Jeff Mathis sitting on Friday for Braves

Atlanta Braves catcher Jeff Mathis is not in the lineup Friday in the team's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mathis is being replaced behind the plate by William Contreras against Brewers starter Adrian Houser. In 7 plate appearances this season, Mathis has a .000 batting average with a .000 OPS.

Jeff Mathis starting at catcher for Atlanta on Thursday

Atlanta Braves catcher Jeff Mathis is batting eighth in Thursday's contest against the Washington Nationals. Mathis will handle catching responsibilities after William Contreras was sent to the bench against his division rivals. Our models project Mathis to score 11.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,000.
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Braves place Travis d'Arnaud on 60-day injured list, select Jeff Mathis

The injury that landed Travis d’Arnaud on the 10-day injured list yesterday appears much worse than originally expected. Per David O’Brien of the Athletic, further testing remains on the docket but the Braves know enough to move d’Arnaud to the 60-day injured list today, per the team. In addition, Alex Jackson, who replaced d’Arnaud in yesterday’s game, has also landed on the injured list with a strained left hamstring.

Braves: Jeff Mathis agrees to a minor league deal

The Braves have added a veteran catcher to their AAA squad in Gwinnett but with a twist. Chase talked about the Braves possibly adding Jonathan Lucroy yesterday, but I see the vision with this move. The Braves have a stable of young catchers (and pitchers) that could use a veteran mentor with none on the roster outside of Travis d’Arnaud. William Contreras, Shea Langeliers, and Alex Jackson are all 25 years old or younger, and Mathis provides a lot of experience.
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Braves sign veteran catcher Jeff Mathis to minor league deal

The Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran catcher Jeff Mathis, David O’Brien of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). Mathis was released by the Phillies from a previous minors deal earlier this week. It’s an early birthday present for Mathis, who turns 38 years old Wednesday. Should...

Braves' Jeff Mathis: Finds work in Atlanta

Mathis agreed Tuesday with Atlanta on a minor-league contract, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Mathis is expected to head to Atlanta's alternate training site to begin the season, waiting on standby in the event the two catchers on the 26-man active roster -- Travis d'Arnaud and Alex Jackson -- are forced to miss time at any point. The 16-year MLB veteran has never made much of an impact with the bat, but he's carved out a long career thanks to his skills as a receiver and game caller.

Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis granted release by Phillies

The Phillies announced Wednesday that veteran catcher Jeff Mathis, who was in camp on a minor-league contract, has requested and been granted his release by the club. He’s once again a free agent. Mathis, 38 next week, went 6-for-29 with a homer and a pair of doubles with the Phillies...

Jeff Mathis: Released by Philadelphia

Mathis was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Mathis was attempting to secure a backup catcher role during spring training with J.T. Realmuto (thumb) sidelined, but Mathis' release suggests that Realmuto could be ready to go in time for Opening Day. Mathis appeared in 10 Grapefruit League games this spring and hit .207 with a home run, one double, two RBI and 14 strikeouts over 29 at-bats.
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Phillies: Jeff Mathis should back up catcher J.T. Realmuto

Although Andrew Knapp showed great signs of improvement this past season, another catcher in Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp should come away with the nod as the backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto for the 2021 season — non-roster invitee Jeff Mathis. Mathis is a well-traveled 37-year-old veteran with eye-popping offensive...

Phillies' Jeff Mathis: Could have role

Mathis could make the Phillies' roster if J.T. Realmuto (thumb) is forced to miss extended regular season action, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies are hopeful that Realmuto will not miss many -- if any -- regular season games, though his exact timeline remains unclear. His absence would likely leave Andrew Knapp as the starter, but would give Mathis the chance to earn a roster spot as the primary backup. Mathis signed a minor-league deal with the club on Feb. 16 and is a career .194/.253/.300 hitter.

Phillies sign Jeff Mathis to minor-league deal

The Phillies announced Tuesday that they’ve signed veteran catcher Jeff Mathis to a minor league deal and invited him to Major League Spring Training. The Phils also confirmed previously reported non-roster invites for veterans Neftali Feliz, Brandon Kintzler, Bryan Mitchell, Ivan Nova, Hector Rondon, Michael Ynoa, Ronald Torreyes, Travis Jankowski and Matt Joyce. Mathis a client of Jet Sports Management, would earn $1.8M if he makes the roster, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Phillies invite Odubel Herrera to camp, sign Jeff Mathis

PHILADELPHIA --  Former All-Star center fielder Odubel Herrera was among 31 non-roster players the Philadelphia Phillies have invited to spring training. Herrera, who will earn $10 million this season, hasnt played for the Phillies since 2019 when he was suspended under Major League Baseballs domestic violence policy. The charges...

Phillies' Jeff Mathis: Joins Phillies on minor-league deal

Mathis signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday which will pay him $1.8 million if he earns a big-league job, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Mathis' path to a roster spot would involve him beating out Andrew Knapp for the backup catcher job, unless the Phillies for some reason decide the heavily-used J.T. Realmuto requires two backstops behind him on the depth chart. Mathis has a strong reputation as someone who can call a game and manage a pitching staff, but he offers next to nothing at the plate, hitting .194/.253/.300 over the course of his 16-year big-league career. Not even hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park is likely to salvage a passable performance out of that kind of bat should Mathis wind up with unexpected playing time.