It’s still totally unclear where Chirinos will land. He has at times been connected to the Rockies, Rangers, Astros, Rays, and Pirates over the course of the winter. The Tigers have also been mentioned, though they’ve probably filled their opening. It’s certainly possible there are other suitors out there as well.
Chirinos and Jason Castro stand out among the remaining open-market options behind the dish. Both graded within the fifty best free agents entering the winter. We predicted they’d each secure two-year, $10MM deals, but robust spending and ongoing demand could potentially push those numbers higher.
Teams pursuing Chirinos will value him as a sturdy-enough presence behind the dish who can add real value offensively. He has been average or better with the bat for every one of the past five seasons, including a 122 wRC+ in 2017 and a 113 wRC+ over a career-high 437 plate appearances in 2019 with Houston. Chirinos actually trended up defensively as well, drawing better (albeit still below-average) framing grades while rating as an excellent blocker of wayward pitches.