Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Matt Treanor wants back behind plate
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Treanor doesn't want to be a free agent for long and he certianly doesn't want to change addresses.
The journeyman catcher came to the Texas Rangers a couple weeks before opening day in an under-the-radar trade with Milwaukee. He started the season in the minors, but when Jarrod Saltalamacchia was injured out of the gate and Taylor Teagarden didn't pan out, Treanor came up and eased tensions about the wayward position.
He quickly won over his teammates and fell in love with the organization. Before the club acquired Bengie Molina on July 1, Treanor was the Rangers' No. 1 catcher. he posted career highs for games (82), at bats (237), runs (22), hits (50), homers (five), RBIs (27) and walks (22).
"I would love to come back. It's been a great year," Treanor said. "I know J.D. [Rangers general manager Jon Daniels] has a long list of things to do, but I will definitely be waiting for a phone call."
Once Molina arrived, Treanor mainly became C.J. Wilson's personal catcher all the way through the World Series. Molina is considering retirement and said after Monday' Game 5 end to the Series that he is leaning in that direction. Clearly, the Rangers have a need at catcher, and the 34-year-old Treanor who played in the minors from 1994-2004 and received praise from Daniels and teammates for his steady work behind the plate, could earn him another round with the Rangers.
"He played hard, played hurt, was a leader, a great clubhouse guy and just played extremely well," Michael Young said. "He’s a guy that we’re all really proud to call our teammate."
On Daniels' offseason to-do list, re-signing manager Ron Washington is tops on his list, followed by dealing with the club's own free agents.
"We've got a few notable free agents on our club - Cliff [Lee], Vlad [Guerrero], Bengie, Frankie [Francisco], a few other guys, Matt and [Jorge] Cantu," Daniels said. "So we've got to sit down and address those guys."