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.
Chirinos isn't in Saturday's starting lineup against the Mariners. Chirinos is slated for a day off after going 1-for-3 in Friday's series opener. Isiah Kiner-Falefa will handle the catching duties and bat sixth in his stead.
Chirinos is not in the lineup against the Rays on Wednesday. Chirinos will get a breather after starting three of the past four games. Carlos Perez will catch Yohander Mendez and bat eighth.