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    Reds actively looking for a catcher

    I caught this on Lance's show driving home. He said that he had talk to Marty and word around the league is that the Reds are actively looking for a catcher.

    IMO this is good news.
    Ross is a good backup catcher when healthy.
    Javy is a 3rd catcher/pinch hitter.
    Bako is good to ease the load off Ross & Javy in spring training but should never get an at bat in a Reds uniform once the season starts.
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    In the game thread, its reported Marty said the Reds were targeting Gerald Laird from Tex.

    Not a bad target, thats for sure. His bat is intriquing, and he's solid defensively.

    I know many would clamor for Teagarden around here.

    Jeff Clement from Seattle could be that rare LH power hitting catcher, but he may not stick at C down the line.

    Mathis or Napoli from LAA.

    Wilson Ramos from the twins? He's too far off..

    Who else could the Reds target? Someone from the A's?
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Deleted the post because of the one before me...thanks
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Freel for a catcher? Belisle?

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    From Fay regarding this rumor.

    I think the Reds would move Ryan Freel in a second to get catching help. The problem is Freel is owed $7 million over the next two years. Freel has been playing some infield, i.e, the Reds maybe showcasing him as utility guy.

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    I catch eh

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    the Reds maybe showcasing him as utility guy.
    John Fay beat writer?

    has he not picked up that that is already Freel's greatest asset?

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    The Reds may need to overpay a bit here -- it's pretty clear they're over a barrel.
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Here is the MLBTradeRumors take:

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is hearing a rumor that the Reds are "actively seeking a catcher." He speculates that Ryan Freel could be trade bait.

    Fay's note conveniently gels with some info from a Jeff Brantley radio appearance that a reader passed along. Brantley reportedly said the Reds have been scouting the Rangers' Gerald Laird. On a not necessarily related note, Brantley also mentioned that they may look to trade Matt Belisle.

    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan recently wrote that the Rangers don't intend to trade Laird despite some interest. On the other hand, Jon Daniels admitted in Sullivan's article that he wouldn't turn a deaf ear to anything. Laird is set to be the Rangers' starting catcher this year. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would take on a smaller role or try Triple A.

    The Reds could also consider trying to acquire San Diego's Michael Barrett, who has played under Dusty Baker with the Cubs. Bengie Molina and Ramon Hernandez may also be available.

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Michael Barrett would be an interesting choice.

    He has history with Dusty, would benefit more from 1/2 season in GABP than 1/2 in that Yellowstone Park called Petco, and is certainly better than anything we have currently in-house or in the organization.

    With the Padres seemingly unhappy with the health and potential lack of production of Jim Edmonds, Ryan Freel might be the best fit for them.

    I'm not sure what else we could send to the Padres along with Freel, along with my token suggestions of Wood and Stubbs.

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Michael Barrett's less athletic behind the dish than Ross. No thanks.

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    The Reds may need to overpay a bit here -- it's pretty clear they're over a barrel.
    To me it's astounding that they've waited this long. I've been honking this horn for goodness knows how long.

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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Mentioned this in another thread when it was discussed earlier: Ryan Doumit of the Pirates. Affordable, young, likely only viewed as a platoon guy in Pittsburgh, and seems like he's pretty fair offensively. Plus the Pirates have never been a team to shy away from making a bad deal.
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    I'll take Ramon Hernandez
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    Re: Reds actively looking for a catcher

    Hernandez would be OK, but what the O's really need is a SS, and we don't really have one to give (Andy MacPhail isn't dumb enough to go for Castro). I'd offer them Coffey and LeCure and see if they bite.

    Laird hit well as a backup, but his .224/.278/.349 line as a starter last year makes me want to run back into the arms of David Ross.

    Call me crazy, but I'd give Old Leatherpants a call and inquire about Flores. He's a player on the rise, and the Nats have LoDuca and could use an arm or two from us.
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