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Chris Iannetta | Catcher | #33

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 4 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Iannetta smacked a solo walk-off home run to end Wednesday's 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Rays.
The homer was Iannetta's only hit in four at-bats, but sometimes one is all you need. He connected for his game-winner off of Rays reliever Steve Geltz to lead off the bottom of the 11th. For the season, the veteran backstop is slashing .218/.333/.345 with three homers and eight RBI. Even with his heroics on Wednesday, his is not a fantasy relevant name. May 11 - 8:20 PM

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Chris Iannetta is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather as many starting catchers do on Sunday. Steve Clevenger is behind the dish.
May 8 - 11:05 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Steve Clevenger is doing the catching for the M's.
Apr 24 - 1:16 PM

Chris Iannetta is absent from the Mariners' lineup on Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Steve Clevenger is filling in behind the plate.
Apr 17 - 9:53 AM

Chris Iannetta went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

Iannetta launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning and later added an RBI single. The 33-year-old has started hot out of the gate, batting .320/.452/.560 with two home runs through nine games, but don’t go crazy here. Iannetta is capable of getting on base and providing some pop, so there’s value here in AL-only formats, but he’s a .231 career hitter.
Apr 15 - 11:33 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Mariners' lineup for Sunday's game versus the Athletics.

It's just a day of rest. Steve Clevenger will catch in Iannetta's place.
Apr 10 - 1:39 PM

Chris Iannetta went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the year in a 6-1 loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

Iannetta was responsible for the only run on Saturday against Rich Hill, a solo shot in the second inning. He's now hitting .364 on the season. Before getting too excited, though, it's worth noting that he failed to eclipse the Mendoza Line a year ago for the Angels and has a .232 career batting average. He should flirt with double-digit homers, though, which makes him relevant enough in two-catcher leagues.
Apr 10 - 1:20 AM

Chris Iannetta is out of the Mariners' lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

Steve Clevenger will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis. It's just a day of rest for Iannetta, who boasts three hits and two walks through the Mariners' first two regular-season games.
Apr 6 - 11:15 AM

Chris Iannetta drove in three runs Wednesday in the Mariners' 7-0 Cactus League win over the Padres.

Iannetta slugged a two-run homer off Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo in the bottom of the second inning and tallied his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. He was replaced at catcher by Mike Zunino in the sixth. Iannetta signed a one-year, $4.25 million free agent contract with the Mariners in November and he is expected to serve as the club's primary starter behind the plate in 2016. The 32-year-old has shown flashes of high-level offensive potential in the past.
Mar 2 - 7:12 PM

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Chris Iannetta will be the team's starting catcher if he's healthy.

Mike Zunino drew 101 starts behind the plate last season but struggled offensively with a .174 average over 350 at-bats. With Jesus Sucre (broken fibula) out indefinitely, it looks like the starting job is Iannetta's to lose. The veteran signed a one-year deal with Seattle this offseason after spending his previous four years in Anaheim.
Jan 30 - 5:49 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 06:10:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 07:50:00 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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 01:32:00 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.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 10:49:00 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.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Steve Johnson