Jeff Mathis served as the backup catcher for the Blue Jays for the 2012 season whenn J.P. Arencibia was the starter. In 70 games with the Blue Jays that season, he slashed .218/.249/.393.
Since his tenure with the Blue Jays, he has played for the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks and most recently, the Texas Rangers which he has spent the past two seasons.
Last year he slashed .161/.221/.355 over 24 games while posting a fielding percentage of .989 and catching 33% of would be base stealers.
Why sign a different catcher when you can just bring back the one who’s most familiar with the organization and team? Caleb Joseph spent the abbreviated 2020 season with the Blue Jays where he played in just three games recording one hit.
While his on-field impact may not be significant at all, it’s off the field where his true value to the organization is shown. When he was travelling with the club, he was seen as a leader in the clubhouse and that was truly shown by his speech he gave the team when they clinched a playoff spot.
Also, I’m sure Jansen, McGuire and Kirk learned a lot about catching from Joseph, who has lots of experience being a catcher in the big leagues. I’m guessing those three would love to have Joseph back to help mentor them some more.
If Joseph enjoyed his time with the Blue Jays organization, coming back on a minor league deal would work out perfect for both sides.