Rupp was added to Cleveland's roster pool Monday. Rupp joined the team on a minor-league deal back in February but wasn't part of the team's player pool throughout summer camp. He'll report to Cleveland's alternate training site and will give the organization added depth behind the plate with Roberto Perez out with a shoulder strain.
Rupp joined Cleveland as a non-roster invitee Friday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Rupp's career .243/.298/.407 slash line in 296 big-league games looks good enough for him to at least contend for a backup catcher spot, but he's spent time with five different organizations over the last two seasons and failed to return to the majors with any of them. He looks to be minor-league depth behind Roberto Perez and Sandy Leon this season but could potentially make the major-league roster if one of that pair gets injured.
Rupp signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Saturday and was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Rupp will provide Oakland with extra depth behind the plate in the high minors while top catching prospect Sean Murphy (knee) works back from a torn meniscus. Oakland has received decent production from Josh Phegley and Nick Hundley at the big-league level this season and could get Chris Herrmann (knee) back from the injured list in a couple weeks, so Rupp may have a tough time earning a promotion to the majors even if he performs well in his initial action with Las Vegas.
Rupp was released by the Tigers on Monday. Rupp is still just 30 years old, and there are many catchers with career slash lines worse than his .234/.298/.407 who have major-league jobs, but he hasn't been able to get into a big-league game since 2017. He hasn't had the best of auditions at the Triple-A level, where he's hit a modest .229/.322/.413 in 107 games with four different organizations since the start of 2018.
Rupp accepted an assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. Rupp was the odd man out in the Tigers' catcher contest, falling third behind Grayson Greiner and John Hicks. He'll head to the minors and wait for an injury to open up playing time.