This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason.
Before we begin, from all of us at Pittsburgh Baseball Now, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
There was some news that came out on Christmas Eve. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported, the Seattle Mariners are in agreement with free agent catcher/designated hitter Mitch Garver on a two-year deal worth $24 million. The deal is pending a physical.
Garver helped lead the Texas Rangers to the 2023 World Series this past season. The soon-to-be 33-year-old was quite productive over his 87 games played with the Rangers. Across 344 plate appearances, Garver slashed .270/.370/.500 with an impressive 19 homers along with 50 RBIs.
In 450 games across seven major league seasons between his time with the Rangers and Minnesota Twins, Garver owns a .252 batting average and an .825 OPS with 82 home runs and 228 RBIs.
The deal is surprisingly the first multi-year agreement given to a position-player free agent under general manager Jerry Dipoto.
With Christmas now behind us, there is still plenty to be settled during the MLB offseason before spring training commences in February. Plenty of notable free agents and potential trade targets are still available, and we’ll have you covered with all the notable moves.
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