Texas Rangers sign Matt Treanor

Updated: December 13, 2010, 4:36 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers announced Monday that they have re-signed free agent catcher Matt Treanor to a one-year contract worth $850,000 for 2011.

"I didn't mean to steal any thunder," Treanor said jokingly as the Rangers, New York Yankees and the rest of the baseball world wait for Cliff Lee's decision. "For me, I'm excited as I've ever been.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of guys. It's a winning ballclub over there. Everybody wants to be with a winner. I felt like I was a part of something really, really special and I wanted to be a part of that again."

Treanor, 34, was acquired late in spring training to give the Rangers depth at catcher heading into the 2010 season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, however, was put on the disabled list shortly after Opening Day, and Treanor got the call and quickly became a key member of the club during its march to the World Series.

Treanor led all Rangers catchers with 67 starts in 2010, and he hit .211 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 82 games. He was 2-for-10 with a homer and two RBIs in four postseason starts.

"I didn't have the numbers offensive and defensively I wanted, but I felt like I contributed to the club so we could be in position to go to the playoffs," Treanor said.

He was behind the plate for C.J. Wilson's starts, as the two developed a solid chemistry.

"We appreciated the qualities that Matt brought to our club in 2010, both on the field and the presence he had in our clubhouse," general manager Jon Daniels said in a release. "He stepped into a challenging situation and helped lead the club. We're happy to have him back to solidify our catching situation."

Rangers pitchers had a 3.92 ERA with Treanor behind the plate, the fourth-lowest ERA in the American League (minimum 80 games played). He caught 11-of-55 (20 percent) attempted base stealers and had the third-best fielding percentage (.994) among AL catchers with at least 500 chances.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers outrighted right-handed pitcher Ryan Tucker to Triple-A Round Rock after he cleared waivers.

Richard Durrett covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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