Earlier this morning the Kansas City Royals traded some cash to the Texas Rangers for veteran catcher Matt Treanor. Originally a 4th round draft choice by Kansas City, Treanor was with the organization until 1997 when he was traded to the Florida Marlins for Matt Whisenant.
Treanor, 35, went on to play 274 games over the course of five season with the Marlins, putting up a slash line of .237/.322/.317 for Florida. He has also spent time with the Detroit Tigers, in addition to Texas. His career numbers are .227/ .311/.310 with 13 home runs and 97 RBI in 360 career games.
Treanor may be most known for as being the husband of beach volleyball player Misty May.
A serviceable back-up, this likely means Jason Kendall is further back in recovering from shoulder surgery than was previously thought. I have no problem with the Royals trading for someone to help bring along the young pitchers Kansas City has, especially without having to give up anything for it. Hopefully this means the end of the Jason Kendall era, once and for all, in Kansas City.
Treanor will be in the starting lineup and batting 8th today for the Royals against the Milwaukee Brewers.