Mathis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Mathis spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he appeared in just 129 games over that span. He's certainly experienced struggles at the dish of late (.200/.272/.272 slash line last season) but adds value behind the plate. Mathis figures to have a shot to win the backup job behind Isiah Kiner-Falefa in spring training.
Mathis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers. Mathis will stick on the bench for a second consecutive contest as John Ryan Murphy picks up another start behind the dish in his place. The veteran backstop is hitting just .129/.206/.258 with one homer through 14 games in September.
Mathis is not in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers. Mathis will take a seat after starting four of the last five games behind the dish, going 2-for-12 with a homer and five strikeouts over that stretch. John Ryan Murphy will catch Robbie Ray and hit eighth in Monday's series opener.
Mathis is not starting Saturday against the Rockies. Mathis appears to have moved into a starting role, starting three straight and six of eight prior to Saturday's contest. He won't start every game, though, with Alex Avila filling in for him on this occasion.
Mathis is in the lineup Friday against the Rockies for the third straight game and the seventh time in the last 10 contests. Mathis has clearly moved back ahead of Alex Avila in the pecking order. Even with an increased role, however, he remains an unappealing fantasy option, as he's hit just .211/.285/.286 on the season.