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Chris Iannetta | Catcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: North Carolina
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners signed C Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2017 season.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Iannetta will get $4.25 million and have a chance to earn more through incentives. Iannetta had an awful 2015 campaign, hitting just .188/.293/.335 with 10 home runs. However, he has a career .351 on-base percentage and boasts above-average power for a catcher. New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Iannetta will serve as the club's primary catcher, which means Mike Zunino could begin the season back in the minors. Nov 23 - 6:10 PM

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune wrote that the Mariners are nearing an agreement on a contract with Chris Iannetta.

Earlier in the day, Dutton reported that there was "increased chatter" regarding a possible contract with Chris Iannetta. It appears that we've moved beyond the "chatter" stage of things, as he's indicating that they're now closing in on a potential deal. Seattle already has Mike Zunino in the fold, but Zunino hit a pitiful .174/.230/.300 over 350 at-bats and it makes sense the club would be targeting somebody to push him. Unfortunately for the M's, it's not like Iannetta played much better in 2015. The 32-year-old catcher posted a .188/.293/.335 triple-slash in 92 games for the Angels this past season and rates very poorly defensively.
Nov 11 - 7:50 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune is hearing "increased chatter" that the Mariners have interest in free agent catcher Chris Iannetta.

The Mariners haven't given up on Mike Zunino, but their in-house alternatives aren't great and Iannetta would at least give them a proven option. The 32-year-old is coming off a disappointing season where he batted just .188 with 10 home runs and a .628 OPS.
Nov 11 - 1:32 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.

He'll presumably catch the night cap. Carlos Perez is starting behind the plate for the Angels in the first game and will bat eighth against the Twins.
Sep 19 - 10:49 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop against tough opposing southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Carlos Perez will start behind the dish for the Halos and bat sixth on Saturday.
Aug 1 - 1:31 PM

Chris Iannetta blasted a three-run home run and walked in a 2-for-3 effort as the Angels dominated the Twins on Tuesday.

Iannetta hit an RBI single in the second inning to break a scoreless tie, then put the game out of reach, smacking a three-run home run in the sixth off of Blaine Boyer to push the Angels' lead to 7-0. The catcher has only six home runs on the season, but three of them have come in his last seven games. He's doing what he can to improve on a meager .199/.316/.326 batting line with 24 RBI.
Jul 22 - 1:21 AM

Chris Iannetta went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Iannetta walked and scored in the second inning before hitting a two-run dinger in the third. The homer was his first since May 28 and his fourth overall. He's hitting just .193/.313/.292 on the year.
Jul 8 - 12:28 AM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Thursday in a 12-2 stomping of the Tigers.

With the game already out of hand, Detroit stretched Tom Gorzelanny beyond his LOOGY capabilities and his ERA will suffer for it for some time. Not that Iannetta much cares. His slash line was a hideous .123/.217/.137 as recently as 11 days ago, but Carlos Perez's emergence has jolted him awake. Iannetta has 12 RBI in his past 10 games and three homers and three doubles across his last eight.
May 29 - 1:42 AM

Chris Iannetta connected for a three-run homer and drew two walks in Friday's blowout win over the Red Sox.

His three-run blast was the big blow in a nine-run fifth inning for the Angels. Iannetta got off to a miserable start this season, but he has shown signs of life in recent days by going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI over his last five games.
May 23 - 12:14 AM

Chris Iannetta went 3-for-4 while launching his first homer of the season in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Iannetta's home run was a solo shot and he also added another RBI on one of his two doubles. It was a much-needed performance, as the veteran catcher was starting to see his job slip away with the emergence of Carlos Perez. The big day pushed Iannetta's batting line up to a still-hideous .156/.241/.234.
May 18 - 4:48 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

Carlos Perez has now started 10 of the past 13 games over Iannetta. The latter sports an ugly .123/.217/.137 batting line this season.
May 17 - 11:19 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

Iannetta has now started just one out of the last six contests behind the plate, as his wretched start and Carlos Perez's hot start has meant more and more playing time for the latter. Perez is batting seventh and catching Jered Weaver.
May 15 - 2:39 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup on Tuesday.

It's a little odd since he also sat out the club's last game, but perhaps he's just receiving an extended rest given his struggles at the plate (.100/.220/.120). Drew Butera is behind the dish Tuesday.
Apr 28 - 6:45 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

It's simply a routine day off. Drew Butera is behind the plate Sunday in Iannetta's place.
Apr 19 - 11:39 AM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Iannetta was the only Angels hitter with multiple hits as Rangers starter Nick Martinez kept their bats quiet most of the night. Iannetta also walked in the game, reaching base three times in total. The hits were his first since Opening Day as Iannetta is batting just .125 (3-for-24) with 10 strikeouts thus far.
Apr 15 - 12:05 AM