|Cleveland Indians – No. 12|
March 3, 1976 |
Garden Grove, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 2, 2004 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||129|
Matthew Aaron Treanor (born March 3, 1976) is an American professional baseball catcher who is currently a member of the Cleveland Indians organization. He has played for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
High school years
Treanor attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California and was a standout baseball player. As a senior, he was a second-team All-America pick and was named to the all-tournament team at the Upper Deck high school baseball tournament.
Kansas City Royals
Treanor was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a high school player in 1994. He played with the Gulf Coast Royals in 1994, the Springfield Sultans in 1995, the Lansing Lugnuts in 1996 and the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 1997.
He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997 for Matt Whisenant. Treanor spent 10 years in the minor leagues—7 in Single-A—before finally making his major league debut on June 2, 2004 against the Cincinnati Reds when he went 1 for 3 with a run scored. In the highlight of his season, Treanor recorded his first RBI on a walk-off single against the Chicago White Sox on June 17.
He played with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, the Calgary Cannons then the Albuquerque Isotopes, being called up to the majors twice in 2004. In 2005, Treanor played his first full season with the Marlins, as a backup to starting catcher Paul Lo Duca. He showed off his defensive prowess on April 15 against the Washington Nationals, when he threw out all three base runners who attempted to steal. Treanor hit his first Major League home run against Daniel Cabrera of the Baltimore Orioles on June 20, 2006. In 2006, he led NL catchers in caught stealing percentage, at 47.1%.
On December 18, 2008, Treanor signed with the Detroit Tigers. In April 2009, he suffered from a bone spur on his right hip and was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season. He was released from the Tigers at the conclusion of the 2009 season and granted free agency. Treanor only played in four games with Detroit.
On December 18, 2009, Treanor signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to spring training, however on March 22 he was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ray Olmedo. On April 27, Treanor doubled and homered against the White Sox, a game in which he had his first extra base hits with the Rangers. On June 15, Treanor returned to Florida to face his former team for the first time in interleague play, and hit a go-ahead two-RBI triple in the ninth inning and lifted the Rangers to a 3–2 win. On July 23, Treanor was injured trying to beat a throw to first base when he tripped over Angels' first baseman Kevin Frandsen.
Kansas City Royals
On March 28, 2011, the Rangers traded Treanor to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. He was the 2011 Opening Day catcher for the Royals. On April 3, he hit a three-run walk-off homer in the 13th inning to beat the Anaheim Angels 12–9. On July 31, he was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion after a collision with Matt LaPorta of the Cleveland Indians.
Return to the Texas Rangers
On August 31, 2011, the Royals traded Treanor to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. In 2011, he batted .214 with 3 home runs, between the two teams.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On November 15, 2011, Treanor signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Serving as the backup to Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, he spot-started throughout the season. On July 22, in New York, Treanor hit a two-run single in the top of the 12th inning, sparking a 5-run rally to beat the New York Mets 8-3. He played in 36 games in 2012 for the Dodgers, hitting .175. On October 29, the Dodgers elected to decline Treanor's club option for 2013 worth $950K, instead paying him the $150K buyout.
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- Dodgers set their sights on veteran Treanor
- Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets, Treanor's heroics in 12th carry Dodgers to sweep (july 22, 2012)
- Twitter / Indians: #Indians have signed veteran C Matt Treanor to Minor League contract w/ invitation to Major League spring training
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