Tigers find backup backstop in Treanor
Catcher inks one-year deal as newly acquired Laird's understudy
Earlier this month, the Tigers found their backstop. Now, they've found his backup.The Tigers announced Thursday that they have signed catcher Matt Treanor to a one-year contract believed to be worth in the neighborhood of $750,000. The 32-year-old Treanor will serve as the backup to Gerald Laird, who was acquired during a Winter Meetings trade with the Rangers. "Matt is a quality backup catcher at the Major League level and a solid addition to our club," president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a release. "Addressing our catching situation was a priority for us this winter, and we feel we have solidified that area by adding both Gerald Laird and Matt Treanor." Dombrowski and Treanor have a history together. It was Dombrowski, then the Marlins' general manager, who brought Treanor into the Florida organization in 1997, when he was a Class A catcher. Treanor's acquisition likely ensures that Dusty Ryan, the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, will begin the '09 season in the Minors.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.