Originally Posted by RedTeamGo!
There are 34 MLB catchers hitting .700 OPS or better, but how many of them are on teams that will be selling at the deadline? That elimates a large number of them. How many of them are on teams that are out of the race and do not want to trade a solid catcher?
I am sure that number drops from 34 to low single digits very quickly.
At catcher defense comes first, so I think you can live with Hanigan/Mes until after the season, especially with Hanigan's superior defense. The position absolutely needs to be addressed in the offseason though. Hanigan is looking done and Mes just isn't good.
I didn't mean to suggest all 34 were available or good defenders or useful. But it's not like this is a scarcity. There are certainly backup catchers who can field adequately but are mostly offensive players. Navarro is an example.
LF presents problems because Ludwick will be healthier and the Reds may well decide to ride with him. They are paying him. The backups there could improve, but Paul, Heisey may be better than some of the possible acquisitions as backups.
SS doesn't hit, but Cozart fields well and a hitting SS is hard to find.
So catcher is one place they can look for some offense this deadline. If they can't make a deal so be it, but I wouldn't write it off. The position has been a problem, I think we agree.