May 27, 2024

Rangers Make Offseason Move, Sign Cardinals Free Agent to Fill Void Left by Star Player After a 19-Home Run Season

Seeking to rejuvenate their roster following a last-place finish in the National League Central the previous year, the St. Louis Cardinals underwent significant changes throughout their depth this winter. In the process, they bid farewell to some quality players who are now poised to make an impact elsewhere.

In a surprising turn of events, a notable non-tender candidate has just inked a deal with the reigning World Series champions, stepping into the shoes of a prominent player at his position.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Texas Rangers have signed catcher Andrew Knizner to a one-year, $1.825 million contract. In the previous season, Knizner posted a .241 batting average with 21 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, and a .712 OPS (92 OPS+) in 70 games.

The Cardinals’ homegrown catcher seemed to be hitting his stride before being non-tendered, a move that not only saved St. Louis some money but also paved the way for prospect Iván Herrera to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Knizner is now set to fill the void left by fellow backstop Mitch Garver in Texas. Garver had an impressive season, batting .270 with 30 extra-base hits, including 19 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .870 OPS (134 OPS+) in 87 games the previous year.

While the Rangers shouldn’t anticipate similar offensive output from Knizner, it is likely that they will heavily rely on Gold Glove catcher Jonah Heim in the upcoming season, with Knizner serving more as a traditional backup.

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