Chris Iannetta left the Angels organization this week and signed with the Seattle Mariners. Iannetta, a longtime Angel, signed a 1-year deal worth $4.25 million including a team option for 2017. He appeared in 92 games last season batting a mediocre .188 with 10 homeruns and 34 RBI’s.
In order to clear space for their new catcher, the Mariners designated John Hicks for assignment. Hicks, who saw action in 17 games in the 2014-15 campaign, batted .063 with one RBI and in AAA he appeared in 83 games with a .245 average, 6 homeruns and 35 RBI’s.
After losing Iannetta the Angels went out and signed Geovany Soto. Soto, entering his 12th MLB season, will look to fill their void behind the plate. He signed a 1-year $2.8 million contract after appearing in 78 games last season with the White Sox.
The White Sox would later sign Alex Avila. Avila, who is also on a 1-year contract, will be earning $2.5 million. He will look to help Tyler Flowers behind the plate after playing first base towards the end of the year last season.