Next up, is Jeff Mathis, who is entering his age 38 season, and his 17th in the majors, which is astonishing to believe. Mathis made his debut for the Angels back in 2005, and has played for the Blue Jays, Marlins, Diamondbacks and Rangers since then. Mathis is widely regarded as one of the worst offensive catchers in baseball, and quite possibly of all time, considering how many plate appearances he has received (3006 of them). In his 16 previous seasons, Mathis has averaged a slash line of .194/.253/.300 with a .553 OPS and a 48 OPS+.
While never being a full time player in his career (the most games he has ever appeared in one season is 94), he has brought a significant amount of production through his glove, averaging 3.5 runs extra strikes over the past six seasons, with a high of 11 in 2018 with the Diamondbacks. And while he has a well below average pop time at 2.12 (second lowest in baseball in 2019) and an arm behind the plate that wouldn’t get a junior college coach excited (76.6 MPH), he finds ways to limit base runners. Over the past nine seasons, Mathis has been above the league average in caught stealing percentage in every season but one. A very interesting Youtube channel that I watch consistently, goes really into depth about the positives Mathis brings to a team and I will leave the link right below.
Moving forward, Mathis will once again find employment, because of his pedigree of working with pitchers, calling a game and finding ways to impact the overall game. And one day soon, don’t be surprised to see Mathis on the other side of the game, managing a team.
These are the teams I believe have the best chance of signing Mathis: Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays.
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Jeff Mathis Signs a 1yr/2.75 million dollar deal with the Miami Marlins
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .201/.256/.306 .562 OPS 2 HR 11 RBI