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    Catcher

    Is it just me or do the Reds have a real problem with the catching position? Valentin seems to really struggle to even move around behind the plate and really seemed to be out of sorts with Homer last night. It just didn't seem that Bailey or Volquez (for 1 inning) was comfortable with him.

    Then you have Bako who couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. He catches a decent game, but what about those throws? He about threw one into right field.

    The Reds have to get another catcher. These guys make David Ross look good. BTW, how long is he going to be out?

    Any ideas? I really don't see much out there that would be available. I know it's just one game and it might work out, but I'm very concerned.
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    Re: Catcher

    The questoin you want to ask is do you want Valentine catching your younger guys? You would think Edison and Cueto would want to throw to Valentine because of his hispanic roots but he just doesn't look like he is on the same page as the pitcher. He isn't Harang's personal catcher and I am sure Bailey isn't going to want to throw to him anymore. What are you to do with a guy who pitchers don't want to throw to. His only asset is his bat off the bench but I would argue he is too much of swing for the fences type hitter.

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    Re: Catcher

    It's the story of the spring that's been a non-story for some reason or another. I'm not saying that Ross is the key to this team's success but his backups certainly leave something to be desired.
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    It's not just you Jpup. The Reds need to find a catcher before the season starts.
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    Re: Catcher

    I'm sure Chad Moeller's available.
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    Re: Catcher

    The Tigers are trying to trade Brandon Inge. He used to be a catcher. Is that close enough?

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    Re: Catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I'm sure Chad Moeller's available.
    Didn't he play for the Yankees last night?

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    Re: Catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    Didn't he play for the Yankees last night?

    And your point is?
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    Is it just me or do the Reds have a real problem with the catching position?
    It's a real problem. I expect a trade -- the sooner the better.
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    100% agree

    Ross is a decent BACKUP catcher.

    Javy is a pinch hitter & EMERGENCY catcher.

    Options off the top of my head:

    1. Ramon Hernadez. Os are in sell mode & have a rookie catcher who played in AAA last year.

    2. Inge. Owed $18M over 3 years. Even if we were to ship them Stanton we would still ask the Tigers to pay some of that ugly contract

    3. Ms have Johjima & a rookie catcher. My big trade idea all winter was Griffey for Johjima.

    4. Pirates have two catchers better than Ross as do the Mets.
    Freel for Schneider???
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    Re: Catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    It's a real problem. I expect a trade -- the sooner the better.

    Besides Chad Moeller, who are some likely targets?
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    Re: Catcher

    Brandon Inge has been pretty vocal about not returning to catching. He's not the answer to the problem.

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    Re: Catcher

    Nope, not just you. Everywhere else on the diamond, we should be in good or at least decent shape. Not guaranteeing we'll be playing the right guys at all seven of those spots, but we have the guys who can play. Catcher's the place with the big blinking neon sign that says "UPGRADE HERE."
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    Re: Catcher

    Besides Chad Moeller, who are some likely targets?
    My #1 target would be Teagarden from Texas, though he may not be quite MLB-ready. He's blocked by Saltalamacchia. Would settle for Gerald Laird, though. Krivsky and Daniels have shown they can consummate a deal, so I don't see why this wouldn't work -- Reds would send Freel plus a prospect or two, I imagine, for Laird. More if it's Teagarden.
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    Our catching situation SUCKS. Javy would be best-suited to calling pitches at a beer league softball game.
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