In the season finale, Rod Barajas walks off the field in what could be his final game as a Pittsburgh Pirates catcher.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in need of a backstop heading into the 2013 season. You, me and your idiot neighbor are aware of this glowing weakness on the Buccos roster. Unfortunately, a lot of teams in Major League Baseball need catching help.
We discussed an organization with strong catching depth is the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have it. We don’t think it’s a perfect match, but it’s an organization that at the very least, has interesting catchers and it’s a team the Bucs have recently completed a deal.
Like the Pirates, the Texas Rangers don’t have solid catchers. So, the Rangers are in the market for a catcher too, and an article by T.R. Sullivan puts the Rangers and the Jays together in possible trade discussions.
The challenge comes down to this– the Jays are interested in starting pitching and middle infield help. The Rangers have some of that, the Pirates aren’t exactly in possession of a wealth at either position.
We have to think the Jays and the Bucs have a good relationship–after all Brad Lincoln did immediately launch the Jays into the postseason hunt. Wait.
The key move the Jays did was picking up Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. It was a smart move for an organization with as much catching depth as they have. Is it a sign that either J.P. Arencibia, who was the Toronto starter the past two years, or one of the top catching prospects in the game, Travis d’Arnaud could be on the move?
The 26-year old Arcencibia hit .233 with 18 bombs and put up a .275 on-base percentage to go with a .435 slugging percentage over 102 games. The downside is he broke his right hand and missed six weeks during the second half of the year. Combine that with the fact that he and the Jays staff combined to throw out less than 19 percent of attempted basestealers.
Picking up Wilson, despite his flaws, gives the Blue Jays even more depth at a position of strength. At some point we would have to think the Bucs are going to get involved in looking for help at the position, let’s trust it’s sooner rather than later.