This post is all catcher related-Thus it will be called the JD Closser "Behind The Plate"Post.
SI's Joe Lemire says that with Joe Mauer's recent production, and young age, there is no way Minnesota should let him walk after the 2010 season when he hits free agency. Everyone will want Mauer, but he'll cost a lot of money and could be out of Minnesota's price range. Other free agent catcheres that year could be Victor Maritnez, Gerald Laird, Jason Varitek, John Buck, AJ Pierzynski, and Ramon Hernandez. Honestly, Mauer's most likely suitor will probably be the Red Sox, as Varitek will be gone for the 2011 season. The Yanks most likely won't be interested as Jorge is signed through 2011, and we have Austin Romine and Jesus Montero on the farm, not to mention Franky Cervelli who's turning heads in the bigs, both with the stick (hitting only singles, but with a .375 avg.) and behind the plate.
Jason Churchill details possible draftee backstops. (Insider Only)
Ken Rosenthal discusses the possibility of Cleveland trading Victor Martinez. He'd bring back a king's ransom. That much is for sure. Teams that might want a catcher for a year and a half? The Mets and Brewers could be interested. And the Rays should be interested, as Dioner Navarro won't ever repeat what he did last year. Oh, and Boston's called Cleveland about V-Mart already. I'm hoping that means they want him to replace the dead bat of David Ortiz. If they're going to trade for someone to replace Varitek, their Captain, behind the plate...well that's just cold. The Yanks would never do that to Jeter. Just one reason why the Bombers have more class...
The Phillies signed free agent catcher Paul Bako. Not a big deal. Bako's really not that much better than Kevin Cash.
Cash, by the way... is 1 for 10 with 3 strikeouts. His only hit was a double, against the Twins on the 15th.
The mlb.com injury report says we could see both Jorge Posada and Jose Molina by late May.
Did you know....
San Fran's Bengie Molina leads Major League catchers in Home Runs with 8? He also leads catchers with 30 RBI's. All this while only sporting a .312 OBP.
Only two catchers have stolen more than one base so far...LAA's Mike Napoli and LAD's Russel Martin, something in that LA air...
Kansas City catcher John Buck has 3 triples...get that man some oxygen.
Highly touted young catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, acquired by Texas in the first Teixeira trade, leads major league catchers with 33 strikeouts.
Tampa Bay backup Catcher Shawn Riggans only has one hit in his four at bats this season. That hit was a home run.