Iannetta announced his retirement from baseball Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 37-year-old calls it quits following a 14-year major-league career in which he spent time with the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Diamondbacks. He'll retire with a wRC+ of exactly 100, the product of a .230/.345/.406 slash line. The veteran backstop finished with 820 hits, including 141 homers, on his resume. His career highlights include a trip to the World Series with the 2007 Rockies and catching Jered Weaver's no-hitter with the Angels in 2012.
Iannetta was placed on the restricted list Friday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. No reason was given for the move. Iannetta was DFA'd and subsequently assigned to the Yankees' alternate training site at the start of the month, though it's unclear if he ever reported. The veteran began the season on the active roster but did not get into any contests.
Iannetta cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. The 37-year-old was designated for assignment by New York over the weekend, and he'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. Iannetta will continue to provide catching depth in the 60-player pool.
Iannetta was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Saturday. Iannetta served as a third catcher for the Yankees to begin the season since rosters were expanded to 30 players, but he'll be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Masahiro Tanaka (concussion), who was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move. The catcher didn't appear in any of the Yankees' first six games of the 2020 campaign. Given the 37-year-old's lack of production over his career, it's unlikely that he'll be claimed off waivers.
Iannetta signed a major-league deal with the Yankees on Tuesday. The veteran backstop was unlikely to earn an Opening Day roster spot in spring training, but the Yankees will take advantage of the expanded 30-man roster to carry a third catcher. Iannetta is unlikely to see significant opportunities with Gary Sanchez locked in as the starter and Kyle Higashioka as the top backup behind the plate.