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Rangers sign Knizner, per report

The Texas Rangers have reportedly signed free agent catcher Andrew Knizner

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The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent catcher Andrew Knizner. Knizner, who was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals, is getting $1.825 million, per Jon Heyman.

Knizner, who turns 29 next month, has spent the last several seasons as a backup catcher for the Cardinals. He has not graded out particularly well in framing or controlling the running game, according to the Statcast metrics. He also has just a .216/.290/.331 slash line in 794 career plate appearances, though he did put up a .241/.288/.424 slash in 241 plate appearances last year.

Knizner, you may recall, took over as the Cardinals’ regular catcher for a brief period in May when there was the brouhaha over whether Willson Contreras, who had been signed to a big contract by the Cards in the offseason, met the expectations that the Cardinals held their catchers to defensively. Contreras spent a brief period of time DHing before taking the regular catching duties back over.

The only catchers that the Rangers have on their 40 man roster currently are Jonah Heim and Sam Huff. Huff is eligible for a fourth option this year, and the Rangers have been reluctant the past couple of seasons to use him much behind the plate. Signing Knizner to back up Heim would potentially indicate the desire to have Huff return to Round Rock to start 2024.

UPDATE — The deal is official.