Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Chris Iannetta

Chris Iannetta stays out west, signing with Arizona.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Chris Ianetta have agreed on a deal. The terms of the deal are not known at this time.

Ianetta has been a journeyman catcher his whole career. He spent his first six seasons in the league in Colorado, posting a .235/.357/.430 slash line with 63 home runs and 236 runs batted in. He then spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, hitting to a slash line of .226/.342/.374, along with 37 home runs and 142 runs batted in. Last year in his first and only season with the Seattle Mariners, Ianetta hit .210/.303/.329, along with seven home runs and 24 runs batted in, in 94 games played.

With the non-tendering of last season’s starting catcher, Wellington Castillo, Chris Herrmann will likely be the Diamondbacks starter behind the plate for the 2017 season. With that being said, Ianetta will likely be competing with veteran catcher Jeff Mathis for the backup catcher position, or the team could choose to carry three catchers to begin the season. 

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