Catching Options For The Royals

The Royals seek catching depth following Salvador Perez’s left knee operation, and GM Dayton Moore could look for replacements in a number of places. Perez remains the Royals’ long-term solution behind the plate, so they’re looking for someone to complement Brayan Pena for a few months. It makes sense for the Royals to pursue a short-term acquisition, since obtaining a prospect would be costly and Perez should return midsummer. Here’s a rundown of the avenues Moore could explore:

Free Agents

At this point there aren’t many free agents who spent considerable time in the Majors last year. Ramon Castro is available and the Royals have been linked to veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez

Out of Options Players

Craig Tatum and Chris Stewart aren’t projected to make their teams’ Opening Day rosters and could be available later in the month. Bobby Wilson and Jose Lobaton don’t have guaranteed MLB jobs either, so the Royals could inquire on them. The Royals have leverage here, since they are well-positioned to claim a catcher on waivers should a club try to slip someone through.

Veteran Trade Targets

Perhaps Rob Johnson of the Mets, Josh Bard of the Dodgers, Dioner Navarro and Corky Miller of the Reds, Humberto Quintero of the Astros or Koyie Hill of the Cardinals would appeal to the Royals as a short-term answer. Those backstops don’t have guaranteed roster spots with their current organizations and would likely be available in the right deal. The Royals had a scout watching Quintero yesterday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported.


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21 Comments on "Catching Options For The Royals"


3 years 4 months ago

What about Max Ramirez?

twentyfivemanroster
3 years 4 months ago

 They are more interested in a catch and throw guy than a no hit, no catch guy.

Eduardo Medina
3 years 4 months ago

maybe, he´s on fire in spring training

Henry
3 years 4 months ago

miracles happen but not miracles that big

ericKC64
3 years 4 months ago

What is the Status of Jason Kendall?  At least he’s familiar with most of the staff.

jacks100
3 years 4 months ago

He’s in a wheelchair

Eduardo Medina
3 years 4 months ago

Kendall in a wheelchair is a better option than all the KC catchers right now…

Stuart Brown
3 years 4 months ago

Castro seems like he would be a good fit despite his age.

Platoon him and Pena until Perez is healthy.

Henry
3 years 4 months ago

yea but they r more likely 2 get pudge since he brings more hits and they can even keep him for the rest of the year as an option, i know i would

mhunke
3 years 4 months ago

Where’s Greg Zaun when you need him?

ukJaysfan
3 years 4 months ago

He’s busy annoying Toronto fans.

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

Not sure why the Giants are assuming that Chris Stewart is the odd man out. Atleast Stewart is a good defender, Eli Whiteside is as impotent with the bat as he is with the glove. No clue why the Giants brought him back nor why them seem hell bent to hold on to him.

“But, but, but … he caught Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter !” Uggh …

Henry
3 years 4 months ago

they should get castro and release whiteside and the royals get pudge. problem solved especially since their both cheap

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

Giants should get Castro ? Nah, just release Whiteside and keep Stewart and Hector Sanchez to backup Posey. Addition by subtraction.

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 4 months ago

Send Whiteside to KC so he can be Sanchez’ battery mate again.

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

Happily. Looks like Sanchez could use some familiar surroundings considering his grossly subpar spring.

ZoinksScoob
3 years 4 months ago

Mariners could trade either Olivo or Jaso to KC with idea of eventually moving Montero behind the plate and having Adam Moore as the backup.

Henry
3 years 4 months ago

good point but pudge is their guy

YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

Francisco Cervelli plus a AAA pitcher (we have several blocked now) like David Phelps (from St. Louis) for Chestor Cuthbert? I think Phil Hughes would be an overpay. Maybe another lower level prospect to go with Phelps?

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

Jeff Mathis for a bag of balls and a tub of chewing gum

lefty177
3 years 4 months ago

idk, I think Double Bubble would be an overpay, Big League Chew then yeah I’d be all for it