Brewers Set At Catcher For Now, Open To Options

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are content with catchers George Kottaras and Jonathan Lucroy, though the club may consider pursuing another backstop. Gregg Zaun has a torn labrum and may miss the entire season, so the Brewers are left with a relatively inexperienced catching tandem – the duo has a combined 69 games of big league experience. Melvin says he's "open" to improving the club, but sounds content with Kottaras and Lucroy.

"We're going to go with what we have for now," Melvin said. "We talked about whether we need more depth at Triple A, but there are no catchers really available. A few guys have gone through waivers but they're all backup types."

Those backup types – players like Paul Hoover and Paul Phillips – could be available, but they're not as appealing as an experienced big leaguer like A.J. Pierzynski. The White Sox have said they are not shopping their players yet and Melvin says he wouldn't want to meet the asking price for Pierzynski.

"I'm not sure I want to give up the players they'd be looking for to do that," Melvin said.

It will be easier to deal for Pierzynski before June 14th, when he picks up ten and five rights. Haudricourt notes that Brewers catching prospect Angel Salome has left Triple A Nashville for mental health reasons.

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3 Comments on "Brewers Set At Catcher For Now, Open To Options"

5 years 3 months ago

Anyone know any more specifics on what’s wrong with Salome?

5 years 3 months ago

Salome was distressed by Kevin Goldstein constantly making fun of his build.

5 years 2 months ago

I agree Omir Santos is good and he should be in the majors. The only thing is the Mets have two veteran catchers in Barajas and Blanco who will most likely be gone by the end of the season. If I’m the Mets, I would rather trade Blanco who is like 37 or 38 years old and get a pitcher from the Brewers, possibly Chris Naverson.