Rays Appear To Be Seeking Catcher

The Rays currently have four catchers on their 40-man roster, but apparently they're seeking even more depth. Jon Heyman and Scott Miller of CBSSports.com hear from those within the industry that Tampa is believed to be seeking an extra catcher (Twitter links). One executive predicted that Jose Molina won't catch more than 80 games.

Molina, 36, was brought in on a one-year, $1.8MM deal this offseason because of his stellar defense and not his .263/.323/.396 batting line with the Blue Jays over the last two years. The veteran backstop has started 81 games behind the plate just once in his 12-year career (2008), and only twice has he started more than 60 games at catcher. The other 40-man roster catchers – Robinson Chirinos, Jose Lobaton, and Stephen Vogt – have 116 plate appearances at the MLB level combined.

As our Free Agent Tracker shows, there isn't much out there in terms of catching help. It's basically Ivan Rodriguez and Ramon Castro. The Rays have pitching to spare if they want to seek another backstop via trade.

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  1. diesel2410 3 years ago

    A trade certainly seems more likely. Abundance of pitching and besides, we don’t need two veterans who are likely gone after 1 year

  2. bleachercreature 3 years ago

    I still don’t understand what was wrong with Jaso…

    • javywoz 3 years ago

      He was absolutely horrible defensively, and when his offense from the 2010 season disappeared in 2011, then there was really no reason to keep him.  Negative defense with average offense at best does not make a major league catcher.

  3. I wonder if the jays and rays could match up for a trade.

    • For Mathis?  The Jays don’t have catching depth at the MLB level.

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

         Arencibia and Cecil for Price! :)

        • Are you crazy? No way would we give up Arencibia AND Cecil for Price! Cecil straight up or Tampa’s loss!

          • Rabbitov 3 years ago

            You could always just lure Frank Thomas out of retirement and send him for Price straight up. 

          • diesel2410 3 years ago

            Wow if I were the Jays, I’d do that in a heartbeat. But does Tampa do it? HELL NO

          • Vivid_Reality 3 years ago


          • javywoz 3 years ago

            Wow, what are you smoking?  Seriously, let the rest of us know. Cecil for Price.  I think Friedman would laugh for hours on end once he hung up.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            lol pretty sad that you cant recognize blatant sarcasm 

          • rjc 3 years ago

             You are out of your mind.  Arenciba is about to lose his job to Travis D’Arnaud with that measly .219 batting average.  He has one season at best left before he goes somewhere else, so they might as well send him now.  I would be okay with Wade Davis for Arenciba straight up.  Cecil is pitiful and isn’t even worth a prospect from the Rays farm system.  And its not like we need pitching anyways.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            a) he was joking

            b) you quote batting average of a rookie catcher as your stat to exert knowledge?

            c) Arencibia for davis straight up is laughable. Davis is a 1 WAR starting pitcher with 3 years left of control. Arencibia is a starting catcher with 5 years of control left, his basement potential is 1 WAR which he’s already achieved in his rookie season.

            please try to do better

          • rjc 3 years ago

             oh sorry, i didn’t realize i needed permission from the advanced metric police to post an opinion on here.  maybe you can proofread my next post ahead of time.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            oh just stating your opinion you say.?

            yet you start your post with ” are you out of your mind”

            so if you feel you can challenge peoples opinions why cant yours be challenged?

            probably because you have no rebuttal because your opinion is based on bull.

          • What’s troubling is everybody thinks my blatantly obvious sarcasm is ridiculous…yet nobody was surprised at Lunchbox saying Arenbicia and Cecil for Price…

      • I was thinking d’Arnaud.

      • I was thinking d’Arnaud.

  4. dbreer23 3 years ago

    Jesus Flores?

  5. How about Geo from the Cubs?

    • diesel2410 3 years ago

      Or maybe Kurt Suzuki

      • Snoochies8 3 years ago

        actually, now that the a’s lost scott sizemore, moving donaldson over to third, and released powell, that’s not a very good matchup, since recker would be our only catcher, unless we got chirinos or someone like that back

        • diesel2410 3 years ago

          I’d be fine with a Davis and Chirinos for Suzuki and ____ trade

          • Snoochies8 3 years ago

            at this point, i just don’t see it happening because the lack of depth the a’s have.

            man things can really change in a couple months. in january i was so strongly advocating a kurt suzuki trade, maybe in july it could happen, depending on how derek norris or ryan ortiz do in AA/AAA

          • Don’ forget Anthony Recker!

  6. dbreer23 3 years ago

     or Welington Castillo?

  7. Brandon Taylor 3 years ago


    • Rabbitov 3 years ago

      I’m not sure Tropicana Field is big enough to contain Harper’s ego. 

    • philliesfan136 3 years ago

      Not unless they plan on trading every player on the entire roster.

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        every player?

        You do know matt moore, david price, james shield and Evan freaking Longoria are on the rays right?

        • Popular_mechanics_for_pitchers 3 years ago

          A) it’s James shields

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

             yah i forgot an s, big whoop

  8. David Ross.

    • MikeyBaseball 3 years ago

      Who would the Rays give up for David Ross?

  9. I say Miguel Olivo. Free Jesus!

  10. 95isOver 3 years ago

    Dear Rays, please take Miguel Olivo, he is awful <3 Mariners fans everywhere.

  11. budman3 3 years ago

    Paulino will be released, assuming Teagarden isn’t seriously hurt(and will be back in a week or so. 

  12. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Sign Veritek!

  13. FS54 3 years ago

    I still see Pudge as the right fit for Rays.

  14. What do you guys think about Kurt Suzuki? As an A’s fan personally, I wish we could trade him, but we don’t really have a replacement catcher for the big leagues yet. 

  15. I wish the A’s or the Rays could make a trade for Wilson Ramos. 

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      somehow a three team trade with the nats where upton goes to the nats and suzuki goes to the rays, and maybe jesus flores goes to the a’s, along with prospects. of course, AA would find a way to join this trade as well.

      of course there would be other pieces moving around as well, but that would be the basic structure. that’s the only thing i can think of, and yes, i realize it’s 99% improbabl.

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