We just talked about the lack of teams looking for a backup corner infielder. So what about backup catcher? The Astros have until Wednesday to do something with DFA’d catcher Humberto Quintero. It’s a foregone conclusion that some team would pluck him off waivers before he could be outrighted to AAA Round Rock, considering his meager $400K salary.
The 28-year-old backstop has put up some decent minor league numbers, though he’s never gotten any consistent time in the majors. His forte is defense, especially his arm. David Wells once said of him: "He’s throwing 110 (mph) down to first and I’m only pitching 88 to home plate." Maybe he could become somewhat of a Jose Molina.
So who’s in the market? Well, Boston has been looking for a solid backstop to catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and maybe the Giants are looking for an upgrade from Steve Holm. That might be a longshot, though, since quality backup catchers are usually more desired by contending teams. Still, the Giants could win the waiver race if they were so inclined.
Anyone else want to suggest a team? I’m thinking he’d fit okay with Baltimore, and could get some real playing time in the second half if they decide to trade incumbent catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Posted by Joe Pawlikowski