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.