Chirinos signed a one-year contract with the Astros on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Chirinos is set to join the Astros after spending the past six seasons with the Rangers. The 34-year-old appeared in 113 games for Texas in 2018, slashing .222/.338/.419 with 18 homers and 65 RBI. Chirinos will likely compete with Max Stassi during spring for the team's starting backstop role.
Chirinos is close to signing a contract with the Astros, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Rosenthal noted that a deal is believed to be in place, pending a physical, though the terms of the contract are not yet known. Across 113 games with the Rangers in 2018, Chirinos hit .222/.338/.419 with a career-best 18 homers and 65 RBI. The 34-year-old figures to step in as Houston's primary option behind the dish following the departure of Brian McCann.
The Rangers declined Chirinos' $4.5 million club option for 2019 on Friday. This comes as a significant surprise considering the 34-year-old backstop's output and the relatively minuscule figure on his team option. That being said, Chirinos didn't come close to his 2017 numbers outside of driving in runners, hitting just .222/.338/.419 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI in 113 games this past season. Chirinos will now hit the open market, though it wouldn't be a shock to see the Rangers work out some sort of deal to keep him around for a couple more years.
Chirinos is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Chirinos will sit out for the second straight day as interim manager Don Wakamatsu looks to lighten the backstop's workload to wind down the 2018 campaign. If Chirinos goes unused off the bench Sunday, he'll conclude the season with a .222 average to go with the career highs he already established in home runs (18), RBI (65), runs (48) and steals (two).
Chirinos is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners. Chirinos heads to the bench after going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to Seattle. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will start behind the plate and bat seventh for the Rangers.