Blue Jays Sign Jeff Mathis To Contract Extension

August 7, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis (6) reacts after he struck out in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $3 million extension with a $1.5 million club option for a third year, the team announced (via Barry Davis of Sportsnet).

The 29-year-old Mathis has had a career year at the plate this year, specifically power wise, and is batting .216/.252/.410 in 151 plate appearances on the year. He was traded to the Jays in the off-season from the Angels in exchange for Brad Mills.

The extension locks up Mathis as the team's backup catcher for at least two years. While his role on the team appears to be certain, the question is will it be for J.P. Arencibia or top prospect Travis d'Arnaud? Of course, there is a possibility someone out of the organization can come in and step in at catcher, but the d'Arnaud is one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

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