The New York Yankees and our old friend Robinson Chirinos have reportedly agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Jon Heyman says the deal is for a $1 million base, with $500K in incentives and multiple opt-outs.
Chirinos, who turns 37 in June, spent 2013-18 with the Rangers, initially as the team’s backup catcher, and then in his final two seasons as their primary catcher. The Rangers declined his option for 2019 in what was a surprising and controversial move, with the result being the Houston Astros grabbing Chirinos for a 2019 salary that was more than what the option the Rangers declined was for.
Texas re-signed Chirinos for 2020, but he spent time on the injured list and didn’t hit when he was healthy, and he was ultimately sent to the New York Mets at the deadline for a player to be named later.
Chirinos was well liked when he was with Texas and was considered one of the really good guys on the team. Here’s hoping he can stick with the Yanks for 2021.