Potentially Available Catchers

MLBTR will be previewing the trade market at various positions between now and the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. We’ll start the series off today with a look at some potentially available catchers:

  • Kurt Suzuki, Athletics – Suzuki’s his trade value may have reached an all-time low. Measured by wOBA, he ranks 58th out of the 64 MLB catchers with at least 50 plate appearances. Plus, his contract calls for a $6.45MM salary in 2013 and an $8.5MM club option in 2014 — enough to deter some potentially interested teams. Suzuki could clear waivers, making him an August trade candidate.
  • Ramon Hernandez, Rockies – Hernandez, who's now on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hand, could interest teams looking to add a veteran backstop if his rehab goes well. He'll earn $3.2MM in 2013 under his current contract.
  • Geovany Soto, Cubs – Soto hasn't done much at the plate so far in 2012. He earns $4.3MM this year and though he’s under team control through 2013, he must be considered a non-tender candidate. Keep in mind that this contract could also slip through waivers in August.
  • Kelly Shoppach, Red Sox -  The Red Sox could move Shoppach and create roster space for Ryan Lavarnway. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's emergence might make it easier for Ben Cherington to part with Shoppach, a right-handed hitter who’s best used in a platoon. Only two catchers have a better wOBA than Shoppach's .378: Carlos Ruiz and Jonathan Lucroy.
  • Humberto Quintero, Royals – The Royals designated Quintero for assignment last week, so he's definitely available. The 32-year-old posted a .232/.257/.341 batting line in 144 plate appearances before losing his roster spot.

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  1. sourbob 3 years ago

    The Cubs would almost certainly pick up most of Soto’s remaining salary to get something in return. They wouldn’t get much–another maybe-a-change-of-scenery-would-help type with slightly longer team control, or maybe another fading prospect a la Bowden–but that would be better than sitting on him and non-tendering him later.

    • MonsterPike 3 years ago

       I disagree… I think they could get more for him that.  Every other yr. he’s shown flashes of what he can do.  He’s not a guy that should be depended upon during a rebuild, but he’s got good presence behind the dish to work with veterans mixed with young budding pitchers.  That can’t really be coached or taught…  He could be a plus for a team that’s close or already built that needs a decent catcher.

  2. MikeTroutForMayor 3 years ago

    No reason to think that Nick Hundley isn’t on this list with the way that Grandal has been playing.

  3. no JP arencibia?

    • brian_dfhl 3 years ago

      Can’t see him being available.  D’Arnaud is injured and hasn’t proved he is ready yet.  Deal JP too soon and Mathis is the starter……no thanks.

      • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

        Last time I checked D’Arnaud was absolutely murdering the ball. He is ready just blocked. 

        • BlueJayMatt 3 years ago

          And injured….

          • lawries_helmet 3 years ago

             but jays should be in selling mode with the injuries to pitching staff…
            so the injury does not change anything,

          • Sure it does. A stud catcher tearing a knee ligament could be a long-term deal (he’s out 8 weeks). Hopefully not, but it’s not really a time I want to deal my MLB starting catcher. I know Arencibia isn’t really playing well enough to keep the job on his own, but he’s at least capable of being a warm body behind the plate, and catching depth is priceless.

          • Guest 3 years ago

            I’d be selling on JPA anytime I can get a decent return. If healthy, D’arnaud will be up in September (at the very least he’s the starting C in 2013), and if they’re selling, then you have to sell tradeable parts, and JPA is totally tradeable. Yan Gomes and Mathis can catch for the rest of the year, or sign Quiroz or another vet for the remainder of 2012. But I don’t think AA is in sell mode yet.

            If I were the Red Sox, I’d trade Lavarnway — he’d bring the best return and is expendable if they’re sticking with Saltalamacchia for 2013. Who’d really want Shoppach?

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Catching market has gotten absurd with the extensions given out to Molina and now Montero. Salty probably will want a Montero like deal after next season and no chance Boston gives him one.

            Lavarnway has a better bat than Salty and he knows how to take a walk, or now swing at everything near the K zone.. Nope.. He is the catcher of the future IMO and isn’t going anywhere.

        • brian_dfhl 3 years ago

          murdering the ball yeah but in Vegas with absolutely no MLB at bats.  Hard to say for sure he is ready until he gets called up for a decent amount of time and we see what he can do.  I can’t see them dealing JP until then. 
          And also, he is injured right now….

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          funny how arencibias stats at vegas were pretty much the same as D’arnauds are now

      • briantalletsmoustache 3 years ago

         I think Mathis is the starter right now – he just plays while wearing a body suit that looks remarkably like JP.

      • lawries_helmet 3 years ago

         above market offer and JP is gone,,, 

        and we can easily expect Mathis starter for last 2 months,,,,  same no-offense and way better defense

        • Jaysguy52 3 years ago

          I understand J.P. isn’t doing great this year, but it hasn’t been terrible either. He is up there in the top 10 for home runs, RBI and runs for a catcher.

  4. SumatranRatMonkey 3 years ago

    Also George Kottaras if Lucroy gets back in time.  He’s not really a starter though.

  5. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    Tampa should bring back Kelly Shoppach !!!

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      We’ll take that Price guy off your hands for him.

      • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

         how about Price and Longoria for Shoppach?

        • thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

          Your kidding right? Either that or you don’t know the first thing about the Tampa Bay Rays (or the MLB for that matter).

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            When you see a trade suggestion such as Price and Longoria for a back up catcher, go ahead and assume sarcasm.

          • MonsterPike 3 years ago

             I agree… A lot of uptight posters on this board.

          • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago


          • Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

            Of course I´m not Kidding…you don´t like the trade? ok How about Price, Longoria and Pena for Shoppach??? hehehe, come on mate where is your sense of humor…

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            Oh come on. That trade makes absolutely NO sense. Seriously, where would we put Peña?

          • Rays should trade for Suzuki. Molina is awful.

          • vtadave 3 years ago

            Yet Molina has a better OPS than Suzuki.

          • vtadave 3 years ago

            Exactly.  Rays should at least include Matt Moore to even things out.

        • stl_cards16 3 years ago

          Oh ,so now you think the Red Sox are going to take someone on the DL for Shoppach?

        • leachim2 3 years ago

          Such a rip-off. You would have to add in Moore and Shields to even make it close.

        • chris_synan1 3 years ago

          haha…I wish

      • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

        I would settle for Archer.

  6. Smitcheroo 3 years ago

    What about Sanchez for the Giants…they already have Posey. 

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Pretty sure they need a solid backup, as Posey probably needs more days off catching the rest of the way than the average catcher given his importance to the team.

      • Smitcheroo 3 years ago

         That is correct but if theyre going to keep up with Dodger moves, they will need an extra bat and Sanchez might get that hitter we need

    •  The Giants aren’t gonna trade him. They need him to catch some games, in order to rest Posey, and to help the two pitchers who’ve been the worst on the team this season: Zito and Lincecum. Maybe one day he’ll be trade bait, but not now.

  7. thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

    I thought this article was titled Potentially Avoidable Catchers. When I saw the first 3 names on the list I was convinced that I was right.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       Suzuki is only catching 2 of 5 SP now with the emergence of Norris. I doubt he is around until August as a post waiver period deal.

      Still think his glove makes him somewhat tradeable, but harder to get back value playing so few times a week. Especially for someone who was used to being a regular until a few weeks back.

  8. Edgar4evar 3 years ago

    Should be titled “Potentially Available Good Catchers.” Otherwise you need to add Miguel Olivo to the list as he can be had for very little at this point I’m sure.

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      ummmm…..did you read the list? 

      • ZoinksScoob 3 years ago

        Actually, Olivo has some pop in his bat and would probably thrive outside of Safeco (in fact, he has). The catch is, whoever takes him has to outfit him with goalie pads behind the plate because he has a BIG problem with passed balls and allowing wild pitches to get away from him. But some team (Tampa, Florida, Mets) may give up a fringe prospect for him, and the M’s would be just fine with that.

        • stl_cards16 3 years ago

          My comment had nothing to do with Olivo.  I was saying that with the list provided “Potentially Available Good Catchers” was NOT the name for this post.

          • Edgar4evar 3 years ago

            They are all better than Olivo. Maybe it could be “Potentially Available CATCHers.”

  9. davbee 3 years ago

    George Kottares is probably another available catcher (once Lucroy returns from the DL).

  10. The Rays should and will make a run at Suzuki.

  11. The Mets need an upgrade over Mike Nickeas in the worst way. Ramon Hernandez would be a nice pickup if some of his salary was eaten.

  12. Suzuki would never make it through waivers since a defensive catcher that can call a good game is hard to find.  Yes his trade value is low but they will not trade him this year because they have a rookie backing him up.  Look for a trade in the off season if Norris continues to do well behind the plate. 

    • ugen64 3 years ago

      the problem is, if you claim him on waivers, you have to take his entire contract. it’s much more likely that you’d try to trade for him, ask the A’s to eat part or all of his contract in return for a fringe prospect in A-ball or something.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Fosse said couple nights ago on the broadcast that Suzuki was only going to be catching 2 of the 5 Sp and forgot which 2 it was.. 

  13. rockfordone 3 years ago

    Tyler Flowers suddenly looks good.

  14. FamiliaTerritory 3 years ago

    Kelly Shoppach should definitely be on the Mets wish list when they start making moves. I can’t stand Nickeas and he’d be a step up from Thole. If that doesn’t work, getting Soto for cash considerations wouldn’t be a bad idea. I see a resurgence in his game once he leaves the Cubbies.

    • MonsterPike 3 years ago

       Don’t think Theo & company will part with Soto “for cash considerations”.  They are rebuilding & would want “prospect(s)” in return… 

  15. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Oh, well if Shoppach has the third best wOBA with runners in scoring position, while the lights are on…

    All your prospects belong to Red Sox.

  16. Hopefully your team doesn’t need a catcher…

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Arencibia also had eye surgery the following year, so that definetely had an effect on his performance

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