Dodgers Don’t Plan To Trade For Catcher

The Dodgers do not plan to bring in a catcher after losing Russell Martin for four to six weeks with a pulled groin, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Instead, they will rely on A.J. Ellis to fill the void, with Brad Ausmus serving as the understudy.  Ken Gurnick of writes that Torre has faith in the rookie.

The post notes that Paul Bako is likely the top remaining free agent catcher.  The 37-year-old hit .224/.308/.336 in 130 plate appearances for the Phillies last season.  Another notable catcher without a job is Michael Barrett, though he missed the majority of 2009 due to injury.

Los Angeles dealt one of the game's top catching prospects, Carlos Santana, in the Casey Blake deal in 2008.  The 23-year-old Santana will likely make his major league debut this season.

30 Responses to Dodgers Don’t Plan To Trade For Catcher Leave a Reply

  1. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    Hey zack,

    By debut, do you mean midseason call up or actually make the opening day roster?

    Because it wouldn’t make much sense for him to be on the opening day team if he has yet to play a game at AAA.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      He meant sometime this season. He isnt going to come up right away, IMO.

  2. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    Trading for a catcher wouldn’t be smart. The timetable for the injury is just 4-6 weeks, aka spring training and the 1st week or 2. When you are trying to see what a prospect has anyways in Ellis(although I have never been impressed with him, he has only done well offensively in the MiLB version of Coors, pre-humidor), no need to add more competition. Also, we have Lucas May who could be a backup in the majors if we need him.

    • mattinglyfan 5 years ago

      Lucas May should wake up and realize this is his chance to shine. He could always hit the ball far, and this is his chance to impress Joe Torre.

      • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

        I doubt May makes a big impact. He isnt a defense minded catcher and with the exception of Mike Piazza, how many all offense catchers are there?

        • mattinglyfan 5 years ago

          True, May is known more for his bat, Ellis more for his glove. I just think it shouldn’t be assumed that AJ Ellis will take over for 2 weeks. With an outstanding performance in ST, they would be forced to look at May.

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

            agree, I just feel that if we will have someone starting for a couple weeks, they will choose defense over offense

        • johnsilver 5 years ago

          Jorge Posada and Victor Martinez comes to my mind..

        • cookmeister 5 years ago

          Napoli, posada, martininez, salty, you could argue on some others as well

          • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

            Napoli still splits time(he played 114 games last year) and even so, he hit just 272 with 20 Hrs.

            Posada and Vmart, along with Pierzynski are majors exceptions. So 3 of 30 starting MLB catchers… not a great percentage.

            Salty? He hasnt started more than 93 games in a season. He is not a full time catcher, at least not yet(and his career average is 253… is that a offensive threat?)

  3. CaseStreet 5 years ago

    How would the Dodgers like a 2009 Topps All-Star Rookie Catcher who hit an inside the park grand slam today?

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      Omir Santos? HAAHAHA, no. 9 MiLB seasons, and a 258 average?

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      All-Star Rookie Catcher who hit an inside the park grand slam today?

      Insane! Were they playing against little leaguers?

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        Close, the nationals.

        • Marc_from_Brooklyn 5 years ago

          A ball rolled under the bottom of the padding down the left field line, and Willie Taveras in left thought it should be a ground-rule double. The Mets announcers said that Taveras should have put his arms up immediately and not reached for the ball, but I thought it more likely that the ground rule was that the ball had to be stuck or out of reach, which it was not, for the rule to take effect. I think this happened up in a regular-season game last season.

  4. dire straits 5 years ago

    Dear Zach,

    Thanks for sticking the last part in the heart of our Dodger faithful.

  5. bjhaas1977 5 years ago

    no it happend i saw it………and he will be traded by april 1!

  6. bjhaas1977 5 years ago

    pack santoses bags!

  7. markjsunz 5 years ago

    I just read the story on MLB.COM and Coletti is not a happy camper with Martin, it sounds like martin came into camp 25 pounds heavier I withdraw my previous comment, and it does not sound like martin did much at all in the off season. To gain twenty five pounds of muscle in a few months would take an extreme workout regeiment and who knows what else. You never know what goes on behind the scene and it was rumored last year that Martin liked to burn the midnight oil.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      dude, it is nearly all muscle. He went through a huge workout routine to get stronger so he didnt have another 09.

      • markjsunz 5 years ago

        I guess a professional athlete with a good trainer and an excellent diet could put on 25 lbs. in the off season. It was not to long ago in the major leagues when the thinking was not to put on muscle mass because it kept you from being limber. The only body builder type I remember was a guy named Brian Downing who was buffed out. He played for the angels and white sox. Then of course all that changed with the Steroid era. I know coletti had strong words in the press for martin with a message of read between the lines. There are many things behind the scene that we are not privy to but it sounds like Martin is in the dog house. I am sure if he plays at a high level all will be forgiven, but if he has a tough year he will be blamed.

  8. Ricky Bones 5 years ago

    Tony Eusebio.

  9. wcw2323 5 years ago

    This could be really interesting as it relates to the pitching staff. Ellis has caught Haeger in AAA and they might be a great combo in LA. This turn of events might bode well for the knuckleballer.

  10. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    With Paul Bako out there, how can you possibly resist?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  11. SmackSaw 5 years ago

    Whatever happened to Johnny Estrada?

  12. dire straits 5 years ago

    Can we trade back for Carlos Santana? Is that a possibility?

  13. DarthPliny 5 years ago

    if Carlos Santana wins ROY this year or next year for whatever reason.

    im going to stone cold stunner myself.

  14. lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

    He didnt do this to himself. Stop listening to Ned F’in Colletti. Martin added muscle. He didnt get hurt while squatting behind the plate(which would be the main place of injury if it was because of his additional muscle because an injury while squatting would be caused by lack of flexibility). He got hurt while STEALING A BASE. Meaning, his muscle didnt affect his speed and didnt make him a slower player, what Ned hinted at… Please, dont listen to Ned Colletti

  15. markjsunz 5 years ago

    How did he do this to himself, did he come to camp overweight? Did he not strech properly, not do his running, or work with weights? It is very diffucult to play baseball without at some point suffering an injury. Plus he plays the most demanding position in the game. The dodgers will miss his handling of a suspect pitching staff, and they do not look to have much down in the minors. Asmus is going to have to step it up a bit and maybe they can bring up there best defesive minor leager until Martin comes back.

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