Teams have been calling the Reds about their catchers, but their chances of making a deal don’t seem good. GM Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s not looking to move any of his backstops.
“It’s a strength for us,” Jocketty said. “I really don’t want to take away from a strength. It can be very fragile.”
The Reds recently locked up Ryan Hanigan to a three-year, $4MM extension. He’ll join Ramon Hernandez in the majors this year while Corky Miller and prospects Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal play in the upper minors. But with Hernandez entering a walk year, a trade appears unlikely.
Though Ivan Rodriguez is dealing with an apparently minor calf injury, the Nationals have comparable catching depth and could deal a backstop. The Astros and Padres lost Jason Castro and Gregg Zaun, respectively, so both teams could be interested in dealing for a catcher. As MLBTR's Zach Links recently pointed out, the Angels are a potential match for the Astros.