Meibrys Viloria Elects Free Agency


Catcher Meibrys Viloria has elected free agency, according to his transactions tracker at That suggests he cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the club last week. He had the right to elect free agency by virtue of having previously been outrighted in his career.

The Guardians somewhat surprisingly opted to carry three backstops on their active roster to start the season, with Mike Zunino backed up by Cam Gallagher and Viloria, none of whom could be optioned to the minors. Viloria was seemingly third on the depth chart, as he was put into 10 games during his time on the roster but mostly as a late-game replacement, only garnering four plate appearances in roughly a month on the roster.

He had spent most of his previous career with the Royals, jumping to the Rangers in 2022 before coming to the Guards this year. He’s mustered just a .198/.270/.279 batting line in 280 plate appearances, dating back to the start of the 2018 season. However, he’s been roughly a league-average pitch framer over the past few years and is considered above-average in controlling the running game when looking at Statcast’s new caught stealing above average metric. He’s also hit much better in Triple-A, currently sporting a line of .280/.422/.440 in 430 plate appearances at that level.

He will now head out to the open market and look for his next opportunity. There are several teams around the league dealing with injuries to their catching depth, but given that Viloria just cleared waivers, he’s probably going to be limited to minor league deals.

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