Yankees Looking At Catchers

Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger says the Yankees have inquired on four catchers: Gerald Laird, Paul Lo Duca, Miguel Olivo, and Rod Barajas.

  • Laird, 28, is expected to rejoin the Rangers Saturday after his hamstring injury.  He’s a Boras client with a $1.6MM salary this year.  He’s under team control through 2010, and Ken Rosenthal says the Rangers want young pitching for him.
  • Lo Duca, 36, will be a free agent after the season.  He’s got about $1.9MM left on his contract this year.  He understands that he’s a strong trade candidate.
  • Olivo, 30, is splitting time with John Buck in Kansas City.  Olivo has hit lefties quite well.  He has a $2.7MM club option for ’09.  Rosenthal says the Royals are "aggressively shopping" him.
  • Barajas, 32, is slumping currently.  He has a $2.5MM club option for ’09.  Eddie Bajek took a stab at projecting the Elias rankings for catchers, and Barajas seems to be right on the border of Type B status. However, he might choose to accept an offer of arbitration.  Peter Abraham says that the Blue Jays might be reluctant to trade within the division.

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