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Indians Add Recker as Needed Catching Depth

Indians Add Recker as Needed Catching Depth

| On 27, Nov 2015

The Cleveland Indians announced today that they had come to terms on a minor league contract with veteran catcher Anthony Recker and have invited him to spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, in February.

Catching depth has been continually noted as an area of weakness at the upper levels of the Indians farm system after the team promoted Roberto Perez to the Major League roster two seasons ago. Last season, catching duties at Triple-A Columbus were handled by journeymen catchers Brett Hayes and Adam Moore, who each spent time on the Indians roster during the season, and local product Alex Lavisky, a Lakewood, Ohio native who attended St. Edward High School and appeared in 15 games for the Clippers last season.

Hayes signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks early in the signing period. Moore recently re-signed with the Indians on a tender similar to that of Recker.

The Indians have one other catcher on their 40-man roster, minor leaguer Tony Wolters, a converted middle infielder who played in just 65 games for Double-A Akron last season and hit .209.

Recker cleared waivers on November 6th and was removed from the Mets’ 40-man roster and became a minor league free agent. The club was already set with MLB catching with Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

The 32-year-old right-handed hitting Recker was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 draft. He reached the Majors in 2011, appearing in five games for the A’s, and would spend 13 more games on their roster in 2012 before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Following the season, he was selected off of waivers by the New York Mets.

He started each of the last three seasons on the Mets’ opening day roster as their reserve backstop. He hit .215 with six homers and 19 RBI in 50 games in 2013 before hitting .201 with seven homers and 27 RBI in 2014 in 58 games.

Last season, he appeared in 32 games, hitting .125 with a pair of homers and five RBI. Both homers came in the same game, a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on May 14th.

In 27 games at Triple-A Las Vegas last season, he hit .245 with eight homers and 21 RBI.

In addition to his work behind the plate, he has twice played first base in a Major League game, once in 2012 and against last season. He has also seen time in left field in the minors in 2012 and one inning at third base for the Mets last season. He also took the mound for the Mets in a game in 2013, yielding two earned runs, giving up one home run, and walking a batter in an inning of work.

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