Mathis had his contract selected by Atlanta on Sunday.
The 38-year-old joined the club on a minor-league deal in late March after being let go by the Phillies, and he'll now receive an opportunity in the majors. Mathis should split time behind the plate with William Contreras after Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) and Alex Jackson (hamstring) landed on the injured list.
Mathis agreed Tuesday with Atlanta on a minor-league contract, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Mathis is expected to head to Atlanta's alternate training site to begin the season, waiting on standby in the event the two catchers on the 26-man active roster -- Travis d'Arnaud and Alex Jackson -- are forced to miss time at any point. The 16-year MLB veteran has never made much of an impact with the bat, but he's carved out a long career thanks to his skills as a receiver and game caller.
Mathis was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Mathis was attempting to secure a backup catcher role during spring training with J.T. Realmuto (thumb) sidelined, but his release suggests Realmuto could be ready to go in time for Opening Day. Mathis appeared in 10 Grapefruit League games this spring and hit .207 with a home run, one double, two RBI and 14 strikeouts over 29 at-bats.
Mathis could make the Phillies' roster if J.T. Realmuto (thumb) is forced to miss extended regular season action, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Phillies are hopeful that Realmuto will not miss many -- if any -- regular season games, though his exact timeline remains unclear. His absence would likely leave Andrew Knapp as the starter, but would give Mathis the chance to earn a roster spot as the primary backup. Mathis signed a minor-league deal with the club on Feb. 16 and is a career .194/.253/.300 hitter.
Mathis signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday which will pay him $1.8 million if he earns a big-league job, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Mathis' path to a roster spot would involve him beating out Andrew Knapp for the backup catcher job, unless the Phillies for some reason decide the heavily-used J.T. Realmuto requires two backstops behind him on the depth chart. Mathis has a strong reputation as someone who can call a game and manage a pitching staff, but he offers next to nothing at the plate, hitting .194/.253/.300 over the course of his 16-year big-league career. Not even hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park is likely to salvage that kind of bat should Mathis wind up with unexpected playing time.
Mathis went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored Saturday in the Rangers' 6-1 win over the Astros.
Mathis took Brandon Bielak deep to left in the seventh on a full-count fastball to put the Rangers back in front 4-1. The 37-year-old backstop is hitting .161/.221/.355 with three home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored in 24 games this season.
Mathis remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Mathis sits for the second day in a row while Sam Huff picks up another turn behind plate. The two catchers will likely continue to split work over the weekend, when the Rangers conclude their season with a four-game series versus Houston.
Mathis isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
Mathis will take a seat once again after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday. Sam Huff will take over behind the plate Tuesday.
Mathis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
Mathis will continue splitting time with Sam Huff behind the plate, with Huff receiving the start Sunday. Mathis has a .160/.232/.320 slash line through 21 games this season.
Mathis will start at catcher and will bat ninth Wednesday against the Astros.
Mathis has served as a clear backup catcher with Texas for most of the season, but the deadline-day deal that sent Robinson Chirinos to the Mets coupled with Jose Trevino's (wrist) move to the injured list has allowed the veteran backstop to rise up the depth chart. He'll be getting his fourth start in seven games, as he and youngster Sam Huff have been alternating turns behind the plate. A career .195 hitter with limited pop, Mathis shouldn't be on the fantasy radar, even in most AL-only leagues.
Mathis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Mariners.
Mathis took Mariners reliever Dan Altavilla deep in the eighth inning to help the Rangers avoid the shutout. The 37-year-old Mathis is hitting .200/.310/.400 with just the one homer, three RBI and four runs scored across 29 plate appearances this year. He seems to be getting the short end of a timeshare with Jose Trevino while Robinson Chirinos (ankle) is unavailable.
Mathis isn't in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Mathis will remain on the bench for the fourth time in the past five games as he may not be the favorite for playing time behind the dish. Jose Trevino will start at catcher Friday and appears to have the slight edge for playing time while Robinson Chirinos (ankle) remains sidelined.
Mathis isn't starting Thursday against the Padres.
Mathis has gone hitless in his last six at-bats, and he'll take a seat once again Thursday. Jose Trevino will handle the catching duties again against the Padres.
Mathis isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Mathis will sit for the second time in the past three games as he appears to be settling into a timeshare at catcher with Robinson Chirinos (ankle) sidelined. Jose Trevino will serve as the catcher Wednesday.
Mathis isn't in the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Mathis had started four of the past five contests with Robinson Chirinos (ankle) on the injured list, but he'll get a day off Monday. Jose Trevino will start behind the plate in Mathis' absence.
Mathis will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Rockies.
Mathis will be making his fourth start in five games and looks poised to continue seeing an uptick in opportunities while Robinson Chirinos (ankle) is on the injured list. Chirinos' absence puts Mathis on the radar in AL-only leagues and mixed leagues that start two catchers, but the real-life value the veteran backstop gives to the Rangers will overwhelmingly come on defense. The 37-year-old is a career .195/.254/.299 hitter over 15-plus seasons in the big leagues.
Mathis went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Angels.
The stolen base was just Mathis' 12th in 925 career MLB games. He made his fourth start in 14 games, as Robinson Chirinos was given a routine day off. The 37-year-old backstop is 3-for-9 with a triple and an RBI.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he will likely carry three catchers to start the season, which means Mathis and Jose Trevino could be on the 30-man active roster for Opening Day, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Mathis and Trevino are competing to be the top backup to Robinson Chirinos, and the loser of that battle may not remain on the active roster when the roster limits are eventually lowered to 26. Trevino is considered to have the better bat, but Mathis has the experience edge.
Mathis is fully recovered from a pulled left hamstring, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
General manager Jon Daniels noted that Mathis lacks the ability to test the leg under normal conditions. He is competing for the No. 2 catcher spot behind Robinson Chirinos. Mathis hit .250 with one home run and three strikeouts in 12 plate appearances this spring.
Mathis (hamstring) has been given rehabilitation instructions, but a scheduled re-examination has been put on hold, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Mathis and fellow backstop Jose Trevino (finger) are in similar situations. They will rehab their injuries while MLB is suspended, then be examined once normal baseball activity resumes, which could happen in May. They are competing for the No. 2 catcher role behind starter Robinson Chirinos.
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