The Angels are in need of catching depth, and have reportedly brought back an old friend for some backstop insurance. Juan Graterol has signed a minor league deal with the Angels, per both Efrain Zavarce at IVC Networks in Venezuela and Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic.
Graterol played in 58 games over parts of three seasons (2016-18) with the Angels, hitting .222/.225/.283, starting 30 games behind the plate for the team. Graterol, who turns 32 on Valentine’s Day, spent his 2020 season at the Twins’ alternate training site, though he didn’t play in the majors.
The Angels currently have two catchers on the 40-man roster — Max Stassi and Anthony Bemboom.
Elsewhere, former Angels pitcher Hansel Robles signed a one-year contract with the Twins on Tuesday, worth a reported $2 million per the Associated Press.
Robles had a 2.64 ERA and 25 saves in 2018-19 combined with the Angels, but struggled mightily in 2020, posting a 10.26 ERA and 5.89 FIP in 18 appearances. The 30-year-old right-hander was eligible for salary arbitration this winter, but was non-tendered by the Angels on December 2, making him a free agent.
Another pitcher non-tendered by the Angels on December 2, Matt Andriese, signed as a free agent last week with the Red Sox, getting one year from Boston plus an option for 2022.