The Catching Situation
On the pre-game show Saturday, Shannon Drayer noted that we may have our first winner of a job in spring training – she feels Adam Moore has done enough to solidify his spot on the opening day roster. The presumption heading into spring training was that Josh Bard or Guillermo Quiroz would be paired with Rob Johnson to begin the season while Moore got a bit more training in Tacoma, but that plan appears to be out the window. Bard has failed to impress anyone, while Wak has been extremely impressed with Moore’s abilities.
So, barring something unforeseen, we should expect Adam Moore to travel north with the team for Opening Day. But, that does not make him the starter. Not yet.
There’s a good chance the M’s won’t have a true starting catcher this year. Shannon notes that it appears Wak is willing to let Moore learn the hitters from the bench, slotting him in as a part-time player until he sees the league and becomes comfortable calling a game against major league players. If Rob Johnson is healthy enough to break camp with the team, they’ll share time behind the plate. If he’s not, expect the M’s to make a move, unless Bard or Quiroz show something very soon.
Either way, however, you shouldn’t expect a regular starter-backup tandem. The M’s catching job is going to be a job share, with the two guys on the roster splitting time, whether its Johnson/Moore, Moore/Bard, Moore/Quiroz, or New Guy/Moore. The picture is still murky, but they have a few weeks to figure out who will be splitting the playing time with Adam Moore. For now, though, it appears that he’s on the team. We’ll just have to wait to learn who else will be coming north with him.