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.


21 Responses to Catching Options For The Royals Leave a Reply

  1. What about Max Ramirez?

    • twentyfivemanroster 3 years ago

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

    • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

      maybe, he´s on fire in spring training

  2. ericKC64 3 years ago

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

    • jacks100 3 years ago

      He’s in a wheelchair

      • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

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

  3. Stuart Brown 3 years ago

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

    Platoon him and Pena until Perez is healthy.

    • Henry 3 years 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

  4. mhunke 3 years ago

    Where’s Greg Zaun when you need him?

  5. gmenfan 3 years 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 ago

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

      • gmenfan 3 years ago

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

        • BeisbolJunkie 3 years ago

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

          • gmenfan 3 years ago

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

  6. ZoinksScoob 3 years 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.

  7. YanksFanSince78 3 years 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?

  8. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

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

    • lefty177 3 years ago

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

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