Jeff Mathis

Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis is what Arizona Diamondbacks needed

By | Jeff Mathis

, azcentral sports, 4:47 p.m. MT, Feb. 26, 2017

Of all the deficiencies the Diamondbacks are said to have had during the last few seasons, a perceived lack of leadership from within the clubhouse might have rang the loudest.

Leave it to a soft-spoken, light-hitting veteran catcher to change all of that.

In signing Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million free-agent contract, the Diamondbacks believe they have a player whose leadership skills are strong enough to measure the hearts of two men.

“I think so,” manager Torey Lovullo said before Sunday’s Cactus League game against the Rockies at Salt River Fields. “There’s a calm and an easiness to his personality. There’s also an intensity and fierceness that he shows between the lines that only we get to know about and we see every day. That’s the combination I’m the most interested in.

“But then you throw in the ability to lead, the winning track record that follows him and his ability to catch. Let’s not forget that. This guy is a really good player. He gets credit for a lot of things outside of being a really good player and we’re looking forward to him showing that to the rest of that clubhouse.”

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Angels’ Jeff Mathis wins arbitration hearing, and $1.3-million salary

By | Jeff Mathis

February 20, 2010 — LA Times — By Mike DiGiovanna

Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Jeff Mathis didn’t have much in the way of regular-season offensive statistics to support his case in arbitration, but the catcher’s impressive defensive resume and some big playoff hits apparently swayed a three-person panel in his favor.

Mathis was awarded a salary of $1.3 million on Friday, a significant amount over the $700,000 figure submitted by the Angels.

The 26-year-old, who shares time behind the plate with Mike Napoli, hit only .211 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in last season.

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