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Diamondbacks Sign Catcher Chris Iannetta

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Diamondbacks agree to a one-year deal with catcher Chris Iannetta

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed veteran catcher Chris Iannetta to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Iannetta was a 4th round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2004. He debuted in 2006 and spent parts of six seasons with the Rockies, and hit a career high 18 home runs in 2008 while slashing .264/.390/.505 and putting up a 3.1 WAR. He had another 3+ WAR season in 2011, his last in Colorado, largely due to his 1.6 dWAR.

The Rockies later traded Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels in November of 2011 for pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Iannetta signed a three-year, $15.55 million extension in October of 2012, and remained with the Angels until joining the Seattle Mariners last season on another free agent deal, which he signed in November 2015 for one-year, $4.25 million.

Iannetta put together a slash of .210/.303/.329 in his 2016 campaign with the Mariners. He’s always been a good on-base guy, sporting a career .346 OBP (his high mark of .390 came in the ’08 season). However, the last two seasons, it hasn’t been as good as in the past, largely due to his low batting average.

Earlier this offseason, Welington Castillo elected free agency and ended up signing a one-year pact with the Baltimore Orioles. The Diamondbacks signed catcher Jeff Mathis three days later.

Mathis is a great defensive catcher and Iannetta is going to bring more on the offensive side. Even though he has struggled the last couple seasons, Iannetta still possesses pretty decent pop and playing half of his games in Chase Field (Coors 2.0) should help him.

The Diamondbacks lost Castillo, but the combination of Mathis and Iannetta this season gives them a nice 1-2 catching combo who complement each other nicely, and provide nice value.