Padres Looking To Add Catching Depth

The Padres are looking for catching help according to's Corey Brock (Twitter links), specifically seeking a backup for Nick Hundley. The team will not hand the newly acquired Rob Johnson the job, according to Brock.

The free agent catching pool is rather light at the moment, especially now that former Padre Josh Bard is returning to the Mariners. This is just speculation on my part, but the Angels could be a potential trade match. They have Mike Napoli, Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson (who's out of options), and top prospect Hank Conger (debuted in 2010) on the 40-man roster, and could look to move one in exchange for help elsewhere. The recently designated for assignment Max Ramirez could also be an option. Again, that's just my speculation.

Hundley, 27, hit .249/.308/.418 in what was essentially a platoon with Yorvit Torrealba last summer. He's never played more than 85 games in any of three big league seasons, but he's also never played fewer than 60. It'll be tough for San Diego to replace Torrealba's .271/.343/.378 batting line, but upgrades at second base, shortstop, and in center field will help mitigate the loss.

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  1. CutTheString 5 years ago

    So they actually give something up for Johnson, and then say that he’s not even good enough to be their backup? Huh?

  2. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Would you like some Doumit with that order?

  3. napoli for headley

  4. tbell11 5 years ago

    The Angels will only trade one of their catchers for either Chase Headley or prospects. Headley for Napoli is not a good trade for the Angels, maybe Conger or Mathis. I’d rather see the Angels trade for prospects than for Headley.

    • I agree Napoli for Headley is too much. Mathis not enough. The Pads would probably really consider Conger though since he isn’t arb eligible for a while and I think Headley is arb eligible in 2012. I would like to think the Angels could trade Mathis, Wood and a dozen donuts for Headley but I think the Pads would say “thanks for the donuts but you can keep Mathis and Wood”.

      • harmony55 5 years ago

        Chase Headley is a 26-year-old thirdbaseman who remains under his team’s control for another three arbitration seasons after posting a WAR of 4.6 last season. Mike Napoli is a 29-year-old defensively deficient catcher/first baseman who remains under his team’s control for another two arbitration seasons (working off his 2010 salary of $3.6 million) after posting a WAR of 2.7 last season.

        The Padres hang up first.

        • padresfuture 5 years ago

          I agree. The Padres are not going to trade Headley now anyways. They do not have a third baseman ready. I would think the Padres could be willing to part with a B prospect

          • tbell11 5 years ago

            Or the Angels could trade Mike Napoli to the Indians for Grady Sizemore. Napoli could play first base because he’ll be an upgrade from Matt Laporta and Sizemore can play LF for the Angels for one year because he’ll be a free agent.

          • firstavenger 5 years ago

            and then they could try to sign an extension if he performs…

  5. yazpik 5 years ago

    I feel bad for Rob Johnson, he´s a great teammate and has a good work ethic, his work behind the plate is acceptable, he need to improve hitting, but at least deserves an oppurtunity as a backup catcher, I hope some team bring an opportunity, looks like a great guy…

    • PennMariner 5 years ago

      He is a horrible player. Don’t try to sugarcoat it.

  6. I wonder where the speculation of Max Ramirez came from….

  7. BK 5 years ago

    Latos for Napoli and Reckling

  8. They should trade for J.R Towels and sign Max Ramirez, so Hundley will be battling for the position..

    • oscarrobles 5 years ago

      Definitely would like to see Ramirez as an option with Hundley and Johnson.

  9. Sd_brain 5 years ago

    man we definitely need to draft a top tier catching prospect this year with one of the supplement picks, every year this happens. I wonder what it would take to pry ramos away from the nationals?

  10. RATTY1 5 years ago

    I think the PTNL in the Jason Bartlett trade may be for a Catcher.

    • I was thinking Matt Sweeney.

    • Sd_brain 5 years ago

      I doubt it, the padres gave up a lot just to get bartlett. So the padres should be getting back an above average prospect at the least. The rays don’t have an above average catching prospect.

      • Yes they do, just not close.

        • Sd_brain 5 years ago

          I meant an above average catching prospect they can trade.

          • I like a few of their prospects that I believe are realistic. The PTBNL is said not to be “key” in the Bartlett deal. That should go without saying. However, that does not rule out a decent prospect. I just do not believe they (the Padres) will acquire a top prospect.

          • Sd_brain 5 years ago

            Solid prospect for the rays can be an above average prospect else where due to their deep system, mainly in pitching. I was thinking someone like Joe Cruz, but to be completely honest its up in the air. But I agree the Rays have a good hand full of prospects that seem obtainable.

          • Love to think they could get a prospect like Shuman or Cruz or even Cobb, but likely to be someone like Zach Quates or Nick Barnese.

      • Very true, Jed gave up a lot for what looks like a one year rental.

  11. jeffmaz 5 years ago

    Doug Mirabelli is not available?

  12. The trade I see is Napoli for Ludwick. Would be solid for both teams.

  13. mgsports 5 years ago

    Spring or McCormick to the Padres as the Catcher.
    Sign Cantu to play 3B and Napoli so he can also play 1B.

  14. dancinbubs 5 years ago

    Why aren’t the Yankees in this discussion? Francisco Cervelli is expendable, and the Padres have some young starters that could interest the Yankees. Richard, Stauffer, Luebke, or Leblanc would all be better options for starter 4/5 than Nova or Mitre. What about Montero for Latos even?

    • Montero for Latos no no and no

      • dancinbubs 5 years ago

        I don’t actually see that happening, I think neither team is willing to part with their young talented player. But Montero/Romine/Cervelli should be of interest to the Padres now that they’re all blocked by Martin.

    • Beersy 5 years ago

      Latos isn’t going anywhere until he is due a big contract, however Cervelli is an interesting name to bring up. He has preformed quite well in the AL East, so a move to the NL would only help. If Cashman would take Leblanc for Cervelli straight up, I think this would have been done yesterday.

    • Beersy 5 years ago

      Latos isn’t going anywhere until he is due a big contract, however Cervelli is an interesting name to bring up. He has preformed quite well in the AL East, so a move to the NL would only help. If Cashman would take Leblanc for Cervelli straight up, I think this would have been done yesterday.

  15. CutTheString 5 years ago

    No doubt. Both of those guys are far superior to Johnson and neither of them are good. Johnson must be one of those “veteran presence” type of cats. The Padres did a good job of picking up their bullpen catcher of the future in that deal.

  16. damnitsderek 5 years ago

    It’s not even veteran presence, since he’s only accrued 1.057 years of service time. Pitchers just love him. He must bring cookies to the bullpen to make up for all of his passed balls.

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