Toronto Blue Jays Sign Catcher Jeff Mathis to 2-Year Extension

Jeff Mathis is batting .215/.252/.415 for the Blue Jays this season.
Jeff Mathis is batting .215/.252/.415 for the Blue Jays this season.Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
George HalimCorrespondent IIAugust 14, 2012

According to CBSSports, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year extension worth $3 million with a $1.5 million club option through 2015. 

Mathis, 29, had spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Angels before being sent to Toronto in 2012. In his career he's batting .196/.256/.312, but he hasn't been in MLB for eight years for his bat.

Mathis has been key behind the plate for the Blue Jays this season ever since the injury suffered by J.P. Arencibia, maintaining a .997 fielding percentage to go along with an A.L.-leading 39 percent rate of throwing out potential base stealers. 

With the signing, Toronto has opened the door for discussion about the starting job behind the dish in 2013.

With highly touted prospect Travis d'Arnaud on the verge of cracking the big club's roster, much is to be said about whether he or Arencibia will be traded this offseason for potential pitching help. 

Arencibia is batting .242/.279/.466 in 2012, but is currently on the disabled list recovering from a fractured hand.  

Coming into 2012, d'Arnaud was the Jays' No. 1 prospect, and he hasn't disappointed, batting .333/.380/.595 for Triple-A Las Vegas. He was ranked 19th on MLB's preseason prospects list.

This offseason just got a little more interesting for Toronto, a team who is hoping to put together a championship caliber team in the very near future. 

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