The Diamondbacks reassigned Recker to their minor-league camp Tuesday, David Adler of MLB.com reports. Recker was no better than fifth in the pecking order at catcher during camp with Alex Avila, Jeff Mathis, Chris Herrmann and John Ryan Murphy all outranking him on the organizational depth chart. It's expected that Murphy will be optioned to Triple-A Reno before spring training ends, so Recker looks set to serve as his backup.
Recker signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Recker spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a combined .244/.312/.392 slash line across 60 games split between Gwinnett (Braves) and Rochester (Twins). He'll likely spend the year in the minors as organizational catching depth given his career .199 batting average over seven major-league seasons.
Recker was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster Friday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The 33-year-old spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Gwinnett before being traded to the Twins along with Jaime Garcia. Recker slashed .223/.301/.381 in 139 at-bats for Gwinnett this season, and posted even worse numbers in his few opportunities with the Braves. The veteran catcher is unlikely to be more than organizational depth for Minnesota and currently holds no fantasy value.
Recker was traded along with Jaime Garcia to the Twins on Monday for minor-league pitcher Huascar Ynoa. Recker recently spent time in the big leagues while Kurt Suzuki was away from the team, but the 33-year-old has largely been an organizational depth piece for the Braves. He's likely to fill a similar role in Minnesota.
Recker was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. With Kurt Suzuki returning from the bereavement list ahead of Monday's contest, Recker's services were no longer needed at the big-league level. The 33-year-old didn't appear at all during this most recent cup of coffee with Atlanta, so he'll head back to the minors to act as organizational depth.
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